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How to Keep a Journal ☼

Step 1: However you want

My last post was a bit of an intro into this one and I’m super excited. Writing is one of my favourite things in the entire world. I would write the most when I was about 15 and for the years that lead up to then. But then it kind of slowed down as my time became too occupied with study and I feel as though the further you get with your studies the less creative you’re allowed to be with your writing. Unfortunately, my university subjects do not incorporate an abundance of creative writing outlets, however, when they do I enthral myself into them. There is so much to discuss, analyse and express in the world of design. I do a lot of writing about it just for myself sometimes, I do a lot of writing about how I feel too and where I want to go and other things that I can’t even begin to describe. Which I’ll share here eventually. I think these photographs capture some of that.

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It’s mostly mess. I wrote a story ages ago about this girl who kept journals after journals with no dates, no times or any sort of sequence, yet alone allowed it to be cohesive;

“She wrote a book that did not make sense. It were filled with lyrics from songs she did not know the name of, drawings with no captions or explanations, paragraphs of imagination to a story that would never be told, poetry that never made sense and thoughts that crossed her mind every now and then. Sometimes she wrote in third person for the sake of remaining anonymous. It was a difficult book to follow as every time she came to write inside this book her mind was in a different place giving it no order or preposition. What you are holding now is the story of a girl who kept such a book yet this book is filled with a story only the wondrous would perhaps, somewhat understand.”

I am still undecided upon whether or not I drew inspiration from this and allowed my already unorganised thoughts to be this or because I did create this character they were already me and I was growing with the character I created… and just like that my thoughts make no sense — another novel idea??! My handwriting is often messy in moments of pure inspiration and heavy thoughts to the point that I can’t even recognise my own handwriting. That’s one thing a lot of us are critical of, how pleasing is this journal entry to the eye? Sometimes it so simply, won’t ever be and once you let go of this completely irrational fear – the overall outcome will be beautiful despite it’s mess and imperfection. I think that is one of the things that make it art.

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For me writing has always kept me sane. It’s my way of trying to make sense of the world and how little sense it makes. Everything happens for a reason… break my heart it’s good for my art… you know, that sort of thing. Take details from that mediocre day and romanticise them, romanticise him, romanticise her, romanticise the world and then directly afterward describe it for what it is… or 10 years later, whatever works, whenever you make those realisations.

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” – Guatama Buddha

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Some nights I come home put on my favourite music and just write. Sometimes I just sit there and listen to the noises in the ceiling. Sometimes I go on tumblr and get inspired and rewrite poems and quotes. Sometimes I discover new music. Sometimes I sing. Sometimes I write when I’m completely uninspired and end up inspiring myself in the process and then cannot stop 4 pages later. If you want to write your space doesn’t need to be perfect and your mind doesn’t need to be in any particular space. Sometimes the most beautiful words come when we least expect and sometimes they are just odd and plain bad. If you want to keep a journal just do it. Scribble whilst in your messy room listening to pop music or music from before you were born. Go outside and draw lines after lines. It doesn’t matter, like a lot of incredible things there is no right or wrong way to do it.

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your art

is not about how many people

like your work

your art

is about

if your heart likes your work

if  your soul likes your work

it’s about how honest

you are with yourself

and you

must never

trade honesty

for relatability

– milk & honey

So here was a little midnight post – I don’t know what or why it is that inspiration seems to have been hitting me at these late hours. But if you’re keeping a journal my best advice to you is to let those ideas out and write, write, write without fear and with love.

Sofija ♡

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23 Comments

  • Reply Landon Emberlin

    Wonderful post Thanks for sharing.

    May 13, 2017 at 1:55 am
  • Reply Sammy @ Bargainbaglady

    I really wish I wrote more things down. I find I just let them all flutter by. Thanks for inspiring me this morning. <3

    Sammy | Bargainbaglady.com XX

    May 2, 2017 at 8:11 am
    • Reply sofijaaa

      AWh thanks so much for reading lovely X

      May 7, 2017 at 7:59 pm
  • Reply Rochelle

    I too loved having a journal when I was younger. Such a great post!

    (P.S – Creatives tend to work better at night 🙂 )

    January 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm
    • Reply sofijaaa

      hahaha yes thanks so much for reading! Xx

      January 19, 2017 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Jasmine

    I loved reading this! I’ve always been a writer myself and love it, even if it is purely just for me. This has inspired me so much

    January 18, 2017 at 7:28 pm
    • Reply sofijaaa

      Yaya I’m so glad! Thankyou for reading and keep writing Xx

      January 19, 2017 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Maz

    I love this! It’s so unique and the doodles are gorgeous!

    January 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm
    • Reply sofijaaa

      Thanksyouuuu Xx

      January 19, 2017 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Di from Max The Unicorn

    I’d love to write in an unstructured, creative way like this! Very inspirational 🙂

    January 17, 2017 at 7:08 am
    • Reply sofijaaa

      Thanks Di! Xx

      January 17, 2017 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply Amy

    So inspiring 😊 I love it!

    January 17, 2017 at 12:49 am
    • Reply sofijaaa

      Thankyou Xx

      January 17, 2017 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Thoughts in Life

    Great post! I agree, we never know when inspiration can strike, just jotting down a few words for ourselves is still great 🙂

    January 16, 2017 at 11:40 pm
    • Reply sofijaaa

      Yes aha thanks for reading! Xx

      January 17, 2017 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Felicia

    SOFIJA!! Oh my that little excerpt of your writing pulled at my heart strings. I loved it! I want to read more!

    January 16, 2017 at 9:56 pm
    • Reply sofijaaa

      AW THANKYOU babe! Xx

      January 17, 2017 at 8:27 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    “Break my heart, it’s good for my art”.
    Love this saying! I always wonder if it is harder for people who aren’t artistic or creative to go through tough times in life – at least we know we’ll get a story out of it once we’ve started putting the pieces back together and are ready to pick up a pen again.

    January 16, 2017 at 9:51 pm
    • Reply sofijaaa

      hahaha yes omg!! thankyou for reading girl Xx

      January 17, 2017 at 8:24 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I love this! I really want to start keeping a journal, but i never know where to start or what to write!

    Laura || http://www.thelifeoflaura.com.au

    January 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm
    • Reply sofijaaa

      thankyou for reading! I literally just start with what i did that day sometimes or what I can see around me Xx

      January 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Mila

    I think writing all the time is such a good idea and one of the best ways to get all my thoughts down, I love it. And I love your writing! It’s so amazing and worded so well, you should write a novel!

    January 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm
    • Reply sofijaaa

      AW thankyou, it means so so much!

      January 15, 2017 at 2:20 pm

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