You may or may not have noticed a long hiatus in my promised series of Journal Writing for People Who Can’t Keep a Journal. I have lots of really good excuses, as do all of us among the journal-impaired. Mostly I haven’t been journaling, so I feel a bit like a hypocrite preaching about how to effectively keep a journal. I just moved to the other side of the country, all my books (including my journals) are in storage…. Great excuses, but we all know what those are like. And again, we all know what it’s like to go a while without journaling. You start storing up all the things you ought to be writing about, and pretty soon the task of recording everything you haven’t recorded becomes insurmountable. Well today, I found my salvation in my inbox in the form of a Behance newsletter which I would normally delete without looking at, but the subject line caught my eye. The article that finally inspired me to get back to was Start Small: Why Tinkerers Get Things Done by Mark McGuinness. Long story short, you start without starting. You’re just going to jot down a few lines.
“I’ll just prime a canvas.”
“I’ll just play a few chords to warm up.”
“I’ll just write the characters’ names out.”
“I’ll just copy out the previous design.”
“I’ll just get the folder out of the filing cabinet.”
You remove your resistance by NOT doing this behemoth task, you’re just doing the first step. Nothing else. I’m not cooking dinner, I’m just chopping up vegetables, ets. So here I go to just jot down a few words and to heck with “journalling.”