NaJoWriMo Begins April 1: Sign Up Today

Today, I’m pleased to announce the second National Journal Writing Month for this year, begins on April 1st.

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The theme for April’s NaJoWriMo is, Personal Renewal Through Journal Writing. Spring time is often considered a time for change, such as getting rid of the things that we no longer need in our life, making new beginnings, forming new habits, or getting rid of destructive habits in your life.

April NaJoWriMo Theme

Journal writing can help us think, process, and reflect on the changes we want to make in our life and ways we renew parts of life, by simply eating better, trying a new hobbie, meeting new people, and building on our prior accomplishments.

The theme Self Renewal enages in questions such as:

What challenges have we not been facing?

What’s something new we could try?

What’s a habit we to need bury or develop?

What have we lost and want to bring back in our life?

What new path do we want to start on?

What is about ourselves we to change or approve upon?

Our journal is the perfect place to write, explore and ponder these and other questions through writing.

And remember, just the act of writing itself can reveal submerged thoughts and ideas. Writing can help us figure out things it and connect to truths that we often overlook.

NaJoWriMo Journal Writing Levels

While you’re encouraged to use the daily prompts for this month’s NaJoWriMo, don’t feel as though you have to in order to participate and develop a journal writing habit. During this month you can journal write about anything you like. The main goal is to complete 30 days of journal entries.

National Journal Writing Month

If you want a more guided approach to NaJoWriMo, choose of one of the three NaJoWriMo levels for this month:

Beginner Level

30 days of journal entries. Each entry can be a summary of your day, or a full page of writing. The goal is to simply start building a journal writing habit.

Advance Level 

Push to write 15,000 words in one month (500 words per day). This challenge is probably best accomplished using a digital journal, like Day One, which gives you a word count.

Thematic Level 

Take a thematic approach journal writing. Either journal write in response to the NaJoWriMo theme for April (Personal Self-Renewal), select another theme, or choose your own theme. Click here to see all available themes for NaJoWriMo.

Note: if you plan to use the NaJoWriMo theme for April, please order the theme on March 31st so that you can start receiving journal writing prompts on April 1st.

Also, if you haven’t done so yet, be sure to subscribe to this site so that you can get daily updates of the prompts and other posts in your email box. You can also follow @NaJoWriMo on Twitter.

I hope you enjoy NaJoWriMo and that it helps you discover the power of journal writing. I welcome your feedback and comments on the NaJoWriMo process.

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Bakari Chavanu

is the creator of NaJoWriMo, and is the author of the interactive iBook, Starting From Day One: Using the Day One Journaling App to Record and Enrich Your Life

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