20 Creative Journals To Start In Your Spare Time
While you're home, it's a great time to flex your handwriting, folks. Put that cursive you learned in third grade to use.
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1. A writing book if you don't know where to start or what to write about. This'll give you over 600 prompts that range from incredulous to witty so whenever you need a spark of inspiration, you can turn to it. No more writer's block!
2. A whimsical dream diary so whenever you have a dream that you don't want to forget, you'll have somewhere to put it (and no, the Notes app isn't the same). This has space to write and draw, guided prompts, checkboxes, and fun illustrations to help you remember and ponder your dreams!
3. Burn After Writing, a secret journal filled with private prompts that'll help you reflect, explore, question, and learn new things about yourself. It's a book truly about you so when you're done, you can keep it, bury it for your grandkids to find, throw it in the trash, or, ya know, burn it.
4. A gorgeous cloth-wrapped fabric journal that you can write away in to your heart's content. And honestly, it just looks so enticing you'll want to write in it anyway.
5. A bucket list book so you can make a list of all the things you want to do as soon as the world is back to normal. This isn't just to write down your wishes and record your adventures — it also helps you plan and budget said wishes, and has smaller sections dedicated to things like movies you want to see, food you want to eat, and skills you want to learn. So cool!
6. A sunny and bright Two Minute Mornings gratitude journal so you'll have this to remind you of things to be thankful for, even if staying home indefinitely is wearing you down.
7. A witchy hardcover journal to write in if you want to cleanse the day's negative energy before bedtime.
8. A travel journal so you can remember all the memorable places you wander to — even if it's just the new sushi place down the block. This even has space for you to note what the weather was like when you went ☔ .
9. A family recipe book for all those new dinners and desserts you're trying to make because you can't really be ordering takeout seven days a week. Whenever you or the fam makes something good, jot it down here instead of on your phone!
10. A neat and no-nonsene Muji notebook if you're all about that clean Japanese minimalism. They're easy to carry on the go — and easy to hide from nosy family members too!
11. A vintage-looking five-year journal for some self-therapy. Jot down your thoughts, clear your head, and have a little something to look back on when you're reminiscing on yourself (and this global pandemic) five years from now. And if stars are more your thing, the starry version is sure to enchant you!
12. A fun reading journal so you can always remember what you read and how you felt about it. You can even get creative with sections like ''Literary Places I'd Like to Visit" and "Books I'd Like with Me if I Were Stranded on a Desert Island."
14. A happiness journal because we all need to remind ourselves about things we can be happy about, especially during these trying times. For me, sometimes it's as simple as the sound of the rain 🌧️!
15. A nautical refillable leather journal so aesthetically pleasing you'll feel like you should be filling it out while on a sea voyage to some obscure island no one's ever heard of.
16. An illustrated listography that acts as an autobiography for your literary life. It has more than 70 list topics from standard things like books that made you cry to unconventional things like fictional crimes you've witnessed. It's super fun and guaranteed to keep you busy during the long days at home!
17. A couple's journal so if you're stuck home with your S.O., both of you can get in on the journaling fun! No need to get sick of each other. This has one question a day, spiraling one year, for you both to answer so you'll have new things to talk about and learn about each other.
19. A plant and gardening book so you can document how your little plant babies grow throughout the weeks. It has tips and suggestions too!
20. A bullet journal because sometimes you just need a place to scribble down quick notes, all your to-dos, numbers, and ideas but in a fun, entertaining way of course!
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