If you feel full up with ideas and thoughts and don’t know where to start,
stream of consciousness journalling could be the answer. All you do is open your journal, grab your pen and write.
Write and write.
Keep going until you’ve emptied your head or your wrist won’t write any more.
Stream of consiousness journalling means you write anything that comes to you, whenever it comes to you. If it’s the middle of the night, write it in your journal.
Ignore grammar, spelling and typo’s. Release yourself from following other people’s rules. This is your writing done your way in your journal. Nobody else’s business.
Just get your words down on paper. Let go of yourself. Allow yourself to run free – I mean, write freely about anything you want.
When you’re overthinking things and guessing what’s going to happen in the future like when you get to work/school tomorrow, it can be hard to let go enough to be able to think about anything else. That’s the point of stream of consciousness journalling. You don’t need to think about it. You take what comes to mind and write about it.
Where to Write.
Whether you use a physical journal or computer based, it’s your choice. Most people prefer to use a physical journal. There’s something about physically writing it down that can be quite calming.
Write where you can be comfy and have a bit of peace. Some noise is okay but it’s your time for you so away from loud noise.
Music playing softly can help. Personally, I find music distracting and end up listening to the music rather than writing. D’oh!
Try different approaches and work out which is best for you.
What to Write About.
If you’re experiencing troubling thoughts, stress, overthinking things, it may help to think about them then simply let yourself write. You never know what’s going to come to you until you’re writing.
You may find your thoughts wander off-topic. That’s fine, just let them go where they want.
There’s no right or wrong way to do this. Stay with where your mind is going, rather than trying to keep it under control.
Ignore the Rules.
Resist editing as you go. Okay, so you’ve got typo’s and your grammar sucks. Doesn’t matter.
Your job is to write your stream of consciousness; editing it as you go along might block what you’re doing, or slow it down. It doesn’t matter if you spell something wrong or miss a full stop.
Stream of consciousness journalling is a great way to let yourself get creative. There might be the beginnings of stories in there. Ignore the way writing has always been done and do it your way.
Resist Judging What You Write.
It’s your stream of consciousness and it’s where you’re at right now. If it doesn’t fit with what your parents/SO/peers think, it doesn’t matter.
When you look back at what you wrote, it may seem unfocussed, you wrote utter gibberish and no-one could possibly understand it. Doesn’t matter. It’s your stream of consciousness.
Give it a few days then go back and read. You may find what you’ve written is the answer you’ve been searching for, the inspiration you needed to start a project.
If stream of consciousness journalling helped you clear enough away to be able to think clearly about something you’ve been working through, get rid of some stress or spark a creative idea, it was successful. Do more of it!
Leave a comment to let us know how you get on with it.
The journal I’m using for stream of consciousness is this Butterfly Journal. I love the amount of space so I can really let go in it.