National Journal Writing Month…Again!

I missed out on NaJoWriMo this year. My reason, a rather lame one, was because I did not have my Moleskine Daily Planner, as I did in 2015.

Maybe it is time to get back into the habit again.  NaJoWriMo has … upsized … since I last did it in 2015.  It now takes place four times a year, in January, April, July, and October. So basically it is the start of every quarter, my busiest times of the year.  Naturally. (laugh)

In 2015, I didn’t follow the rules exactly. Yes, I did write in my journal every day, or I went back to fill up the page if I did miss a day.  I’m wondering what level to tackle this year.

Beginner Level: Write one journal entry per day, no matter the length, for 30 days.

Advanced Level: Write 5,000 words of journal writing for the month.

Thematic Level: Keep a journal for a specific purpose and share some of your entries, e.g., a gratitude journal, a travel journal, a collection of memoir pieces, a goal achievement journal, a problem-solving, a relationship journal, a friendship journal, a school journal, a career journal, a social issues journal.

I do still worry about writing too much in my journals, because I don’t lock them up, and my mum has a habit of (a) looking through my stuff (even though I am an old grown woman) and (b) rushing into my room without knocking or warning, especially when I writing at my desk.

Maybe I will just do a mix of all three levels. I do enjoy keeping travel journals, although they tend to turn out more scrap-tastic rather than an in-depth, thought-provoking piece about my encounters with another country.

If you don’t journal regularly, and are wondering what you can do, take a look at a NaJoWriMo preparation list I did.

If you are interested in learning more about National Journal Writing Month, or if you already journal, but want to share more with other journalers, head over to the NaJoWriMo site.


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