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National Journal Writing Month

Begins First Day of  

January, April, July, and October

National Journal Writing Month (NaJoWriMo) started in January of 2015, and is based on the widely popular NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.)


Take the NaJoWriMo challenge and develop a journal writing habit in 30 days. 

Use journal writing for personal enrichment, reaching your goals, exploring and exercising your creativity, and recording your life as you live it. 

Respond to thematic journal writing prompts and use other creative strategies to write meaningful journal entries and learn about yourself. 

Learn how journal writing is a powerful tool for learning, problem solving, and keeping yourself centered and positive.

Be a part of a growing community of new and experienced journal writers. 



NaJoWriMo Months

NaJoWriMo starts on the 1st day January, April, July and October. During these months, participants take on the challenge to complete 30-31 days of journal writing.

To participate you do not have to post your journal entries online, but you are encouraged to post about your participation on you social networks, using the hashtag #amjournaling or #amjournalwriting.

Levels of Participation

NaJoWriMo participants can also select to choose a level of participation that fits their goal and purposes of journal writing.

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Getting Started

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  3. For more information about journal writing and NaJoWriMo, start with these blog posts below.

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I've been journaling and art journaling for over 20 years. I find NaJoWriMo helpful when I'm stumped about what to write, how to dig deeper, how to face issues I may have avoided — helps me to grow. THANK YOU SO MUCH NAJOWRIMO — you've helped keep me journaling and attached to what I really love.

Lin Frye

Commit yourself to writing something every day for thirty-day days. It will help you grow as a writer and give you material to work from in the future. Use your creativity to make something wonderful. Get busy, write!

Jo Ann J.A. Jordan

NaJoWriMo Participant

I’ve been journaling for a year, fairly consistently, and completed NaJoWriMo in July. I am learning so much about myself from journaling. Thanks for your support and encouragement and your ability to put together the prompts which lead to deeper understanding. Keep up the excellent work. Really appreciated by this fellow journaler.

Heather Rose

Writing, Journaling, Thinking

I have been journaling forever. All of my writing can be considered as journaling. NaJoWriMo provides a layer of structure and digital cataloging that I need and didn't have prior. I'm able to keep my projects on track and, at the same time in the same format, delve deeper into my personal thoughts and writings.

George Geder

NaJoWriMo is Not Just for Newbies

I’ve been journal writing 30+ years, for long-term collection of my thoughts at any time, progression of self over time, recording of travels/events. I normally don't use prompts, but April's [Personal Renewal] theme struck a chord with me and I've been enjoying the focused, narrow topic to journal to quite a lot.

Gary Varner - Writer, communication speciliast, sketcher

@NaJoWriMo I am on day 10 and going strong towards self renewal! Lots of good thoughts in my journal this month so far. #amjournalwriting

Stephen Van Vugt

NaJoWriMo Journal Writing Prompts

NaJoWriMo provides sets of daily journal writing sets. Each theme is different but they all center around personal growth and enrichment, setting goals, and recording your life experiences.

Each set contains 30 or 31 journaling prompts emailed to you daily.

If you subscribe to a prompt set the day before a NaJoWriMo month begins, and you will receive your first prompt the following day.

You also don’t have to wait for a NaJoWriMo to take the challenge. You can get started now or any day you’re ready. The daily prompts motivate you to write on a daily basis.

Note: to participate in NaJoWriMo, you are not required to order thematic sets. You can can choose one of the other approaches to taking the journal writing challenge.

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