Tips on Use

creative arts journal
44 prompts that help you discover and pass on
your vision, wit, wonder, and wisdom about life.
JOURNAL DESCRIPTION | GUIDANCE
JOURNAL DESCRIPTION
& GUIDANCE

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our journal opens from the middle to four pages across. The paired prompts in the center are purposely open to interpretation by people age 15+ from various cultures and all walks of life. Some prompts invite reflection on opposites; others aim to evoke your vision, values, beliefs, and personal style.

Entries can be handwritten or typed into a Word document, printed, and pasted in. For instructions on inserting images into Word, please view this video tutorial.

Blank pages on the back offer space for extended entries, or you can create your own story starters!

Sample prompts:
MY ORIGINS MY KEY INFLUENCES
ONCE UPON A TIME RIGHT NOW
I MADE THIS! I’M HAPPIEST WHEN
LOVE FEAR
MY FAVORITE THINGS I COULD DO WITHOUT
MUSIC A DEFINING MOMENT
A DARK TIME A PEACEFUL PLACE
SILENCE SILENCE BROKEN
I BELIEVE WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW
WHEN I DIE REMEMBER
CELEBRATIONS THE SPICE OF LIFE
DEDICATION MY WISH FOR YOU
 
Front Cover
(one of seven designs)
Sample Inner Pages
Back Cover

≫ When it comes to style, the sky’s the limit!  Entries can include:

Quips, quotes, & collage
Photos, tall tales, & fairy tales
Letters, lists, & lyrics
Poems, paintings, & essays
Drawings, doodles, & more!

‘Seduce the Muse!’ Freewriting Technique:

Set your clock for 5, 10, or 15 minutes. Forget grammar and punctuation! Keep your hand moving and jot down whatever comes to mind.. If you get stuck write I don’t know until the next thought arises. Prepare to be surprised!

Unearth an infinite number of stories with a simple flip of your journal pages! Thought Experiment: Choose a prompt from the left side of your journal. Hold it stationary while flipping through the prompts on the right hand side. Notice what arises when you juxtapose a left-hand prompt—LOVE, for example—with various prompts on the right-hand pages: LOVE/I MADE THIS, LOVE/SILENCE IS BROKEN, LOVE/A ROAD NOT TAKEN.

Creating In Community! Your group will a need a quiet space with good lighting, comfortable chairs and tables with enough elbow room to accommodate laptops, journals, scrap paper, and art supplies. With a goal to complete two or three prompts per session, most groups meet weekly for two hours. It’s recommended you undertake a 10-minute freewrite before making your journal entry. Save time at the end to ask each person to share something they will take with them as a result of the session.

As you near the end of the process, consider hosting a Living Legacy Luncheon for friends and family. This can include an Open Mic in which group members have the option to read aloud two selected pieces.

For Wider Distribution: Read and record selected entries into an iPhone or photograph various entries and share them online!

To Whom Will You Leave Your Legacy? Legacies can be written and dedicated to children of all ages, parents (living or deceased), best friends, furry friends, teachers, counselors, a long lost love, a sibling, spouse, or life partner.

Enjoy the Process!

Journal designer Shawn McGivern is a
writer, editor, and creative life coach.
Click here to contact Shawn.