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.