Writing outdoors

“I do a lot of my journaling inside but I have found that when I link writing to an outside experience – going to the park, walking an outdoor labyrinth, even sitting on my own porch – it adds a level of sensory input that isn’t there when I am writing indoors, even with the window open”.

Deborah Ross, in “Your Brain on Ink”, p.97

Inviting novelty to journal-writing

“Give your novelty-loving brain something to engage it; it will help your brain to learn something new or deepen an existing positive memory. Write with a purple gel pen (Kay’s favourite) or illustrate your writing with a crayon border. Go to a coffee shop you have never been to before or write in the park. You can take novelty even further by identifying the personal relevance: How does this novelty choice relate to me? Why is this important? How does this feed my soul?”

Deborah Ross, Kathleen Adams, “Your Brain on Ink”, p. 94