I’m happy to announce that the National Journal Writing Month (NaJoWriMo) will resume again October 1st. NaJoWriMo is held four months a year (January, April, July, and October), and each month consists of 30 days of writing prompts and other tips and strategies for developing a journaling habit for personal growth.

October Theme

Each NaJoWriMo has a theme, and for October it is Unleashing Your Creative Mind Through Journal Writing. I’m really jazzed about this month theme of creativity, because many of us don’t explore and use our creative energy unless we’re a painter, fiction writer, poet, song writer, graphic designer, or some other type of artist. The older we get, the more disconnected we become from our creative side. But we all have a creative abilities, even if we don’t know how to paint, draw, or write stories. For the purposes journal writing, the theme of creativity will be a mixture of prompts that invite you to reflect on your thoughts, ideas, and experiences about creativity, and to use creative expression in your journal writing.

The prompts will focus on creativity and personal growth. As with other NaJoWriMo themes and prompts, you will continue to learn about yourself journal writing and creative exercises.

Pre-order Thematic Prompts

Starting today, you can pre-order the thematic prompts, and get receive your first prompt in your inbox on October 1st. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER.

As in previous months the focus on NaJoWriMo is journaling on a daily basis for 30 days. I will provide journal writing prompts based on the theme of NaJoWriMo, but you are not required to respond to the prompts in order to participate in NaJoWriMo. The writing prompts are a resource for motivating you to write, and to provide you prompts that may help you think more deeply about yourself and your personal growth.

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Three+ Levels of Participation

Each NaJoWriMo has threes levels of participation that you can challenge yourself as journal writer.

Beginner Level: Journaling Challenge

The Beginner Level for NaJoWriMo is a great way to get started journaling. It involves writing a simple 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. Use whichever tool journal writing tool works best for you, (e.g., pen and paper notebook, an online website like 280Daily.com, or a dedicated digital journal like Day One for the Mac. _Lead_Image_iPhone

Advanced Level: 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.) This is a great challenge for building writing fluency and/or 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 be useful for monitoring the number of words written. The Mac and iOS application, Day One, reports how many words you write for each entry. And the online web application, 750words.com, also includes a word counter.

Thematic Level

The thematic approach involves one or more approaches:

  • Responding to the journal writing prompts about creativity that you can purchase. The prompts will consist of creative exercises, such as writing short fictional reflections.
  • Actually keeping an artistic journal in which you commit using drawings, painting, and other forms of artistic expression. There will be more ideas about this as we get closer to the month.

    The blog site, Art Journal Every Day has awesome great examples and tutorials for keeping an artistic journal.

  • Developing your theme and exploring it throughout the month.
  • If you’re interested in participating the National Novel Writing Month, which NaJoWriMo is based on, you might use your journal writing to write prepare for that month. You could use your journal to explore the novel you intend to write. You could write about the characters, the settings, the plot, without actually writing the novel until November.

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