If you are a writer, or an artist who wants to express their creativity in writing, or both, Hobonichi Journaling is a daily art journal that will inspire and support you. Hobonichi means “crooked line” in Japanese. This is a journal where you journal about life in general, without neglecting your creative side. Each day’s journal is posted to a special page in the front page of the journal, called the Record Room. It can be used for planning out your day, for reflecting, or for recording random thoughts and observations.
You keep track of your daily activities in the Hobonichi journal using the notebook that is attached to a chain and hung on the wall. One end of the chain is clipped to a post on the wall, and the other end is connected to a special recorder that records your thoughts and observations. The idea is to capture your creative side as well as your thoughts and observations on a particular subject or theme for each day. In doing this, you are trying to bring yourself closer to your creative side so you are more open to using your imagination and creativity to express yourself creatively through art and writing. Hobonichi keeps you from being closed to your creative side and allows you to experience it fully by letting it flow naturally.
This diary lets you journal in a very practical and organized way. It helps you capture your daily life activities in a series of daily events. You can see which days you had lots of creative ideas and which days you had nothing to write about. You can also view your artwork galleries and record your favorite moments.
The beauty of this type of journaling is that it inspires and supports creativity and imagination. Each day you will be inspired by what you record in your journal. Hobonichi encourages you to use imagination and creativity with a concrete plan to express yourself creatively. The daily entries also serve as an avenue for you to talk to yourself and ask yourself questions like what does creativity mean to me? How can I improve my creativity?
Journaling is a powerful tool for creativity because it lets you experience your daily activities and draw some inspiration from them. As you keep writing in your diary, you will be inevitably motivated by the ideas you get. Some of these ideas will spur off productive and creative discoveries. Others may spark off conversations with other creative individuals.
When you read your journal, you are testing yourself to see if you have what it takes to become a more creative individual. It will push you to explore the things that inspire you. It will also challenge you to keep writing in the diary. This challenge will motivate you to learn new things and draw from your daily experiences. Hobonichi encourages you to do this on a daily basis. If you are having a hard time with something, then you should not hesitate to write about it in your diary.
It will also be beneficial to your art appreciation because you will be able to look back on your handwritten notes and try to decipher what you have written. This will help you develop a stronger analytical and creative side to you. As your mind works through your notes from your notebook, you can identify patterns or hints that will give you the inspiration to create something amazing. You may also use this opportunity to jot down simple ideas or questions that will help you brainstorm for more creative ideas.
Your artistic inclination is a very important quality that should be developed. If you want to be a creative person, then being a creative individual is certainly possible. You just need to make sure that you are always occupied with some kind of creative activity whether it is drawing painting, or just doingodling. Writing in a journal on a daily basis and then jotting down notes or ideas as they come into your mind is one way for you to nurture your creative side.
Lisa is a lifestyle article writer for a local newspaper. Aside from that, she is part-time English teacher on a high school. She also speaks at seminars and workshops. She is currently living with her husband and two kids.