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Spring Cleaning- Meta-Journal Those Thoughts!

Welcome to Spring Cleaning week! In an effort to clear out the cobwebs in my brain, I always try for a fresh start to journaling in the spring and early summer. Last year, I learned the most amazing trick from Amy that also makes me feel extra creative when I’m writing.

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Meta-journaling is a way to more effectively use all the pages in your journal in their entirety (I am guilty of skipping the backs of pages!) while also keeping your writing looking a little neater with fewer cross-outs and notes squeezed into the margins. Think of the left-hand side of the page as one big extended margin, and make your changes and notes there! If you have pictures or tickets or other multi-media that you’d like to incorporate into your journal entry, paste them in there!

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This is also handy if you’re guilty of thinking of a great revision when you don’t have your journal handy (story of my Faulkner life!). You can jot down your perfect line or thought on a scrap piece of paper, and later post it in your meta-journal and finagle some creative arrows and underlines to get your thoughts straight.

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I use handwritten journaling as a way to start pieces, as well as a sort of distraction to get my thoughts in order when staring at a blank computer screen gives me writer’s block. Sometimes changing format is jarring enough to make my thoughts better click into place, makes the words come easier and in better order.

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So next time you feel stuck, or are staring at a full page of text and want to change one tiny thing in the middle of a line, check the left-hand side of the page and give meta-journaling a try! Be sure to tell us how it goes in the comments!

Lit & Love,

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