42 is the Right Answer, Day 12

junk journalsYour prompt today is

Write a 500 word Journal Entry

I suggest (if you haven’t already) you get into the habit of writing something in a journal while we’re busy being isolated/locked down/working from home/distanced from our usual social circle. It may prove interesting to look back on.

Some famous keepers of journals include Anne Frank, Leonardo de Vinci, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Sir Isaac Newton, Andy Wahol and Kurt Cobain, although I’m not suggesting you keep a journal for future publication, only for your own amusement.

I have kept a journal one and off for most of my adult life. I find it’s a great way to empty my head when there’s a jumble of confusing thoughts going on (which is nearly every day). Experts have proved keeping a journal is of benefit to good mental health…

There are only a few rules:

  • You are the boss, so anything goes because there is no right or wrong way
  • Don’t worry about editing, no-one is going to check your spelling or grammar
  • No-one will see this – it is PRIVATE (keep it that way!)
  • There are no copyright issues, so plagiarism is allowed if you want to copy the style or words of a favourite author
  • You choose everything you write and where, when, how frequently. Daily is good in these strange COVID-19 damaged times

My hand-made junk journals (that’s them in the picture) are put together using pretty papers, pictures cut from magazines and bits of junk mail. I find the process of cutting and sticking, and then writing in my journals, very therapeutic.

But don’t let what you write in or on interfere with the process. You can write on your computer, or loose sheets of paper, in an old (or new!) notebook, or even a child’s exercise copy book. Don’t feel you have to make or buy a fancy book unless you are likely to find the book crafting activity rewarding, too.

If you’d like to see how to make your own junk journal, there are zillions of YouTube videos out there, just Google the topic and dive in.

We’ll come back to journal keeping at a later date, but for now just give it a go!

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I intend posting prompts here each day (until May Day) at 5pm – alive at five (Dublin time).