Of course, not every layout is a novel (although my friends would beg to differ), but I make sure to write about things that matter. Well, that matter to me, anyway. I enjoy writing about things that will make me smile when I look back on them in the future. Things that maybe will tell the next generation a little something about my life here and now. About how our family spent its days, about things that we cared about. Sometimes, the "what, where & when" aren't as important as the how and why. When I'm having a difficult time getting words down on paper, I sometimes take a different approach to writing. I've used interviews, bullet style lists, captions and even blog entries (imagine THAT!) to fill in for my journaling when I can. Here are a few examples of layouts I've done using alternate styles of journaling...capturing a little of the everyday that matters to us...and one layout that really could stand in for a novel :-)
use of a bulleted list:
screenshot of my inbox:
captions and small phrases that capture what we're up to:
and for the mother-load of all journaling...
Hope you find your voice and become more comfortable every day getting your thoughts, feelings and life down on paper (or up on a blog)! Happy writing.