I'm reading an insightful book at the moment by Stephanie Dowrick called - Creative Journal Writing. I recommend a look to anyone who keeps a journal. Here are some of my favourite excerpts to date:
Journal writing is all about process - not goals of outcome.
It is freeing - not constraining.
Journal writing is also where you can retire the inner critic or judge.
How you write, what you write, matters only to you.
You are writing to please no one but yourself.
Creativity - better than fame and fortune
Many things are far better than fame or fortune.
Love is one of them. Living creatively is another.
Living creatively means tuning in to all your senses and really knowing what’s going on.
It means making quirky connections, and seeking out inspiration, beauty, humour, tenderness and absurdity.
It means liking the subtle as well as the magnificent.
It means valuing your experiences - and making something of them.
Creativity may be expressed through great works of art. But it can also be a way of living that is open, spirited, engaged, eager, curious and uplifting.
Curiosity - the drive to know more than you do now
One of the ultimate gifts of human intelligence (along with a willingness to have your mind or perspective changed). It makes inner growth possible. It rescues you from boredom. It expands you beyond yourself. It demonstrates to you what an awesome and infinitely fascinating universe you inhabit. It also makes you a more interesting and perhaps even a more knowledgeable person.
I'm off to write in my journal now.