Get Ready: National Journal Writing Month Starts July 1st

Get your pen and notebook or digital journal ready for the next National Journal Writing Month (NaJoWriMo) starting July 1st.

The theme for the month-long journal writing challenge is Travel: Places and Journeys. This theme and journaling prompts will focus on two types of travel: writing about places we have traveled to or plan to travel, and journeys —the road we have taken in our life so far.

Journal writing is a great tool for writing about traveling because it allows us to capture and  reflect on what we experienced and learned from both our physical travels, and the journeys we’ve made in our lives. And the big plus for journal writing is looking back (rereading) what we wrote and how our past experiences have shaped the direction of our life.

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The theme of travel will also be about where we plan to go in our life, both physical places and personal goals. Travel is an opportunity to make plans, to get out of our comfort zone, to visit new places and meet new people.

The poet Nikki Giovanni once said that travel and good food are two experiences that can never be taken away from you. Those experiences will stay with you forever.

How to Participate

As with other NaJoWriMo challenges, there’s three ways you can participate:

  1. You can subscribe to the theme for July or another theme in the NaJoWriMo store. The thematic prompts for July will be ready next week. But you can also use another theme if you like. Just make sure to order your theme on June 30th in order to get your prompts to begin arriving on July 1st.
  2. Write in your journal about anything you want for 30 days straight.
  3. Or take the 15,000 word challenge.

See this page for more details about the levels of participation.

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NaJoWriMo starts 1st day of January, April, July, and October

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Let me know what you think of the theme for NaJoWriMo July. If you have any suggestions for the theme, please write them in the comment section, or email me directly using the Contact form.

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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
      • The prompts for day 4 and day 9 are both about making a list of the places you would love to travel to. At least I think they’re both the same.

        • Ah, thank you for pointing that out. One of them should have been, Make a list of all places (cities or countries, or tourist spots) you have traveled to, and the other one, Make a list of places you would like to travel to. I will update that. Thank you.

          • Thanks! Sounds great — I’m really enjoying the nostalgia thinking of all the places I’ve been. My husband is a football videographer and I’ve had the chance to travel with him some, and I’ve seen places I never thought I would (including Hawaii). Thanks for the trip down memory lane:)

          • Awe, this is really great to hear. I would like to use your comment as a testimonial. It’s always great to hear how journal writers find the prompts useful.

  • I think the theme is a terrific one for summer. Thanks for doing this Bakari. I enjoy doing these so very much!