I usually don't do tips but I felt like it so here it goes.
Well I really like journals & writing so I decided to write about them. I want to start journaling again so I'm partially making this for myself, but I hope this helps anyone who wants to journal too. :-)
Why keep a journal?
The main reason why I would keep a journal is so I can kind of see my life on the pages. I find journals fun to look back on. Journaling can help you improve your writing abilities. It can also help reduce stress, by getting out all your thoughts and feelings on the pages. By writing in a journal, you may also get to know yourself better. Journals are a great place to keep your ideas.
First you'll need to pick out a journal that suits you. Sometimes I feel that if I pick out a really nice looking notebook, I'll feel that my journal entries aren't worth wasting the nice paper, so I avoid writing in the fancy book. If you feel like this, then just get a plain, cheap notebook from the dollar store. Composition notebooks would be good.
If you want a nice notebook, you can usually find some good ones at bookstores.
Think about what you'll be doing with the book. If you're just going to write in it, you'll probably want to use a lined notebook.
I like to doodle in my journals, as well as paste in photos and other items. If you plan on doing this, try finding a journal with no lines.
Also remember not to get a notebook that's too small to write in.
What to Write About
Most people use their journals to write about their day. Try picking out things that happened that day that you'll want to remember later on. Try going into detail. Don't just write what happened that day, but your thoughts on the things that happened also.
Even if you use your journal mainly for documenting your day, you don't always have to write about what happened. Some days are really just plain boring and not worth writing about.
-write about a book or movie that's on you're mind
-or write about something else you like
-think of interesting topics, then write your thought on them
-write a letter (to your future self, past self, or a person -- who you'll never actually show the letter to)
There can be more to journaling than just writing. Try doodling in your journal from time to time. Also try gluing little mementos into your journal (receipts, ticket stubs, pamphlets, photos). Try collaging. Print out pictures to add more to your journal.
Don't just keep to the present! You can write about a past memory that's on your mind. Also, write about the future. Write about what you wish to do later on in your life, set goals, or write about ideal days, things you wish would happen.
Include lists in your journal. Write down your current bucket list in your journal, a list of goals, a list of little things that make you happy, a list of things that you like about yourself, a list of things in your bag, a playlist, etc.
-I recommend writing in pen, not pencil. Pen lasts longer, and if you write in pencil you'll feel like you want to erase your entries sometimes
-sometimes it's hard to find a way to write your journal. if you want, you can write your journal in the form of letters. give your journal a name, and pretend you are writing each entry to this fictional person. start each entry with dear _______.
-every once in a while, you can draw or paste pictures of what you wore that day
-write about the things you bought that day
-try writing your entries in the form of poetry. you don't always have to write so specific.
-best/worst entries: Look back at your day, and write about the best thing that happened that day, and the worst thing
-one sentence: some days you don't really feel like writing a whole page, so instead, just write one simple sentence.
-write a short story
-compliments page: keep a page in your journal that you'll title your "Compliments Page". each time you receive a nice compliment you want to remember, write it down on this page.
-dream page: some people keep dream journals, but I find my dreams usually don't make sense. so instead, keep a page or so in your journal dedicated to your dreams. Each time you have a dream you want to remember, write a little about your dream on your dream pages
-quote page: There are some things people say that I feel that I want to remember. Keep a quote page, each time someone says something you feel that you want to remember, something you find inspirational/meaningful/funny, write it down in your quote page.
(remember to keep sticky notes on these special pages, so they're easy to find when you want to write in them again)
That's all I have for now! I hope this didn't suck. I might add more later. Just remember to experiment with your journal, try new
ideas. It's your journal, and you can do whatever you want with it. Happy journaling!