(First read Journal Through the Summer–Part 1) Journaling has many purposes and uses–and here are some more!
Journal through your summer by exploring your dreams and daydreams. Give yourself free rein to imagine the kind of life you’d love to live. No restrictions. Journal about where you’d like to live, things you’d like to experience, new foods you’d like to eat, different hobbies you’d like to try. Let your mind wander off onto all sorts of delightful tangents, then capture those daydreams in a journal.
You’ll begin to notice common threads. Perhaps you’ll discover all your daydreams center around creating more simplicity in your life. Perhaps they express a need for more adventure. Perhaps they’ll uncover a buried dream or goal from long ago. Slow down, and take the time to get to know yourself again.
Use a summer journal to explore more facets of your creativity. Perhaps you’ve written and published numerous nonfiction pieces. In your journal, experiment with poetry. Draw a picture. Write an essay or a fairy tale. Create some song lyrics. Write a fantasy story if you’ve always written modern-day thrillers. You may be surprised to uncover hidden talents in areas you never explored before.
Use a summer journal to take snapshots. In addition to using a camera, use your journal. After you snap a picture of Grandma reading to your son, write a journal entry describing the scene. Be liberal with sensory descriptions, and use all your senses. Describe the lilt in Grandma’s voice, the tattered childhood book, the creaking of the rocking chair, your son’s terrycloth sleeper, how he curls into her bent arm. Capture memories with the sensations of the moment. I intend to keep a journal when my daughter’s new baby arrives in a few weeks. I’ll take a million pictures, but I also want a written account of those first days and weeks of the baby’s life. It will contain treasured memories to enjoy myself and share with others.
If this summer’s crowded calendar has you throwing up your hands and walking away from your computer for a season, take heart. Your writing isn’t over for the summer. Instead, switch gears. Buy a notebook and pen, and this year journal your way through your summer.
Has this summer journaling idea given YOU any ideas of how you can use your summer “chaos” to further your writing?