There numerous tips about how to journal, you can read this post about how to get in to creative writing. However, the single most important part of creative writing and journaling is Inspiration.
Inspiration, the Essence of the Text
One problem that every writer will encounter at some point, is lack of inspiration. It is basically what drives the text forward, what keeps you interested in continuing. When you can’t find it, you can’t write well. Simple as that.
Think about the texts you’ve written that you are most happy with. How did you feel when writing them? Did you write them out of free will, or were you obliged to?
The best texts are those that are written with passion. This might seem as an obvious point, but it can be easy to forget. In modern society, we are met with writing tasks at both work and school. Reports that are due in a short period of time can force us to write quickly, thus making it more difficult to find the required inspiration.
And when at work, this might be an acceptable way to work. If the main goal is to get the information down on paper, then that is enough. Reports are not supposed to be an exciting read, and so their purpose is fulfilled as long as the information is written down.
In creative writing, however, it is important to put the “work writing” behind. If you want to catch the reader, you have to be caught in the text yourself. That cannot be done without the drive and motivation to write.
You need to have fun while writing, and this seems to be something that many of us forget. Often we tend to think like we do at work: we are so focused on the finish line that we don’t care how we get there. This is
a big threat to your text – it could make your characters static, your story-line flat and your pacing uneven. Losing inspiration is like losing the essence of the text.
There is no need for you to worry, though. There is always a way to find discover new ideas for your text; the trick is to try something different, experience something new, even if it’s just something very simple.