Three Ways to Participate in National Journal Writing Month
NaJoWriMo is held four months a year (January, April, July, and October). Choose how you want to meet a month-long challenge.
It involves writing in your diary or journal entry a least once a day for 30 days. The journal entry can be as simple as a one-sentence summary of your day. The goal is to start building a journal writing habit.
You might write your plans for the day or what you accomplished. Starting a gratitude journal is another way to get started.
With this level, you’re trying to get in the habit of writing daily. As you develop a writing habit, you will discover your need for journaling. Good luck with the challenge.
NaJoWriMo features a theme for each NaJoWriMo month of the year. The themes are:
- January: Journaling for Personal Growth and Achieving Goals (Journaling Book with Prompts • January Email Course)
- April: Personal Renewal Through Journal Writing (Email Course • Journaling Book with Prompts)
- July: Places and Journeys (Email Course • Book Forthcoming)
- October: Unleashing Your Creativity (Email Course • Journaling Book with Prompts)
15,000 Words Challenge
For this level, you not only write daily for the entire month, but you push to write 15,000 words in one month (500 words per day.)
The daily word challenge is for building writing fluency and deepening your reflective writing. Of course, you can increase or lower the number if you like.
Using a digital journaling application or writing notebook that includes a word counter will help monitor the number of words written. Use a writing tool that includes a word count feature, such as 750words.com, Google Docs, or a dedicated digital journal such as Day One.