Keeping a journal

We want to know how daily life feels at the moment to you: you might be writing about anything from your morning coffe and your gym routine to your worries and hopes about the future or telephone calls with friends and family.
 

You can write as little or as much as you like. Although there is no word minimum or limit, we recommend that entries are betwen 200-800 words. 

We will publish online what you send in. You can write under your real name, but you don’t have to (you can contribute anonymously, or under a pen name).

 

Deciding what to write about


Anyone that has sat down to write has had writer’s block at some point, so it’s completely normal if you do too. But there are several exercises that can help you get into the habit of writing a journal. We include some here:
 

Making a list


Make a list of the things that you have experienced in your day. This can just be a series of bullet points, and even if they seem unimportant, it doesn’t matter. The list helps you build a picture of your day. After making the list, think about how each of those things made your feel and write one or more emotions for each of the items in the list.


Once you have done this, have a go at writing a few sentences about the things that happened in your day and how they made your feel. It might help to think of it as a story that you’re telling someone else, so you can think of a specific person that you’re writing this to (a family member, a friend…).


The minimum viable effort


Don’t worry if words don’t come out easily! It takes time to get comfortable with writing. For the project, you can write as much and as little as you like. If you struggle to start, one idea is to start with very little, even if it is just one sentence a day, and try writing a little more each day. 


Automatic writing


This is an exercise that can get your creative juices flowing. Set some times during the day and write whatever is on your mind, without much thought or planning. You can do this in chunks of 15 minutes to an hour, and mornings can be quite good after you wake up as your mind might be more fresh. If you want to use it to reflect on the events of the day, then the evening before bedtime might be better. When you do automatic writing, don’t worry about spelling or grammar. Just write whatever is on your mind.

 

 

Editing your journals


Once you have written your journal, return to what you’ve written and re-read it. There might be things you’d like to change or delete. If you send your writing to the project, your journals will be public and people will be able to read them, so this is something that you should bear in mind. Delete whatever you don’t want others to read.