|How To Start A Journal
A diary or journal is a safe, private place to express your feelings...and create a special connection to someone you've lost.
There's no right way or wrong way to keep a journal. Keeping a journal is easy. You just need paper, or a notebook and a comfortable pen or colored markers or you can use the computer. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Write when you have uninterrupted time.
- Write for about fifteen to twenty minutes daily.
- Use a comfortable writing tool.
- Choose a comfortable place to write.
- Try to write at the same time everyday.
- Date your entries.
- Don't judge your writing. Don't worry about grammar, spelling, punctuation or sounding "just right." The point is to write about what's on your mind and in your heart.
- Accept your writing and write from within. Don't be a critic.
- Don't try to write a story or a novel.
- Trust your intuitive heart, the words will come.
- Be gentle with yourself.
- As you begin to write close your eyes and take a moment to get centered.
- Begin with a deep breath.
- If you get stuck begin doodling and see where that takes you.
- Experiment, play, be open to where your heart takes you in your writing.
Don't know what to write first? Try one of these:
Our thanks to Katherine Dorn Zotovich, author of "Good Grief For Kids" and "My Memory Maker", Journal Keepers Publishing, for providing these guidelines!
- Write a letter to your special someone who has died.
- Write about a special memory of your special someone.
- Write about what you wish you'd done or not done.
- Write about the things you wish you'd said or not said.
- Write about what you miss most about your special someone.
- Write about an altar or memorial you can design for your special someone and then create it.