When Inspiration Strikes A Writer

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Sorry there was no blog post yesterday, but inspiration struck me and I got swept up in a book project. While I have about 20% of “Dead Road (Dead Soil book 2)” done, something else inspired me yesterday. I had two choices: ignore the inspiration and keep writing “Dead Road” or run with the inspiration and possibly fall behind on my current book. Luckily, the inspiration wasn’t to start another story, but rather create a self-discovery journal.

Lately, I’ve been extremely interested in myself. I know that sounds self-centered, but hear me out. I want to know my history, where my family is from, my heritage. I ordered one of the Ancestry DNA tests. They just received it today! I’m nervous and excited to find out what I am and where my family is really from. All my life I’ve been told I’m 50% Greek, 25% German, 25% Polish. We’ll see if that’s true in a month or two. I also want to figure out why I am the way I am, so a lot of the journal is writing down memories and experiences and analyzing how they made me feel then and how they make me feel now, how they affected me in the long run. I think that will help to figure out why I have the quirks I do, the fears I do, the passion I do. Then, I realized that a lot of people might actually like a journal like that. It would be almost a complete history of that person up to the current point in their lives!

So, that’s what I did all yesterday. I have about 175 pages of a self-discovery journal completed, but it will probably take a little longer to get it done fully. Right now there’s no pictures or anything, no quotes of inspiration, just questions and lines to fill in the answers, which is mostly what a guided journal is, but a lot of journalers want their journal to be pretty as well. Since this can be for men or women, I want to make sure I don’t make it too girly, but I don’t want it to be boring either. It’s a fine line.


Is a self-discovery journal something you would be interested in? Have you ever filled one out before? Share your self-discovery journey below in the comments section!

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