With less than a month left before the release of my book, The Optimist’s Guide to Journaling, I have been asked a few times, what has been the inspiration behind my first book? To me, this is something of a loaded question and I have never been able to express it verbally, until now…sort of.
I thought it would be easier to break down the details about my book in a WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and WHY format:
What inspired this book?
Well, I am an avid “journalist” and I have been one since I was a little girl. I love the art of journaling and I believe in its power. I’ve also read a few books on journaling and I felt that some lacked a personal touch. So when I started brainstorming my book, I knew I wanted to add some of my insight in it, in hopes to inspire others and share my lessons through journaling.
Who is this book for?
My book is for anyone who is new to journaling. From the outside looking in, journaling can appear somewhat intimidating, especially when you have no idea where to start. I wanted to created a guide that was easy to navigate and fun to try. This guide is also for anyone seeking to take their journal writing to the next level. I was strictly a free write journal writer until I learned about various types of journaling. Free writing allows us to purge all our thoughts; however; types of journaling like prompt based and art journaling allows us to think outside of the box. And finally, this book is for those who are looking to understand just how important journaling can be to our personal development.
Where did the initial concept of the book come from?
Believe it or not, the idea came from a journal post. While writing in my list journal, I listed some projects that I wanted to do and launch for the rest of this year and THIS guide popped into my head. I immediately went to work, brainstorming how I would go about writing this guide and what I would include in it.
When did you decide to write this book?
Honestly? A while ago. 6 months to be exact- maybe more. My initial outline for the book was done months ago but my own fears got in the way. I was so fearful of what people would think about this book and I feared rejection. But thanks to some great friends/mentors and a special one on one session with an inspirational individual, I decided to sit down and make some serious goals for this book!
Why is this book different from other books about journaling?
What I love about this book is the fact that this book is personal, informative, interactive and fun! What I loved about writing this book was this book became something of a journal for me too. I was able to share some of my breakthroughs through journaling and I created a fun quiz to help you uncover your journaling style and there’s a mini workbook filled with prompts and writing pages.
I mean, what’s a guide about journaling without prompts and space to journal?
I believe in the power of journaling. The benefits aid in our personal growth and help us document our lives. I have heard so many reasons why people journal and they are inspiring. Some do it to de-stress, others journaling to share their legacies and no matter why you journal, just know that there is a purpose in your words.
My book, The Optimist’s Guide to Journaling is coming out November 10th, 2014!
Are you an avid “journalist” or a novice one? Share your journal experience with me online here on my blog or on Twitter (@EndureOptimist) and Instagram (@the_enduringoptimist)
Until next time, stay blessed and unique!