Blank pages are hard to bear
Many people have suggested that I buy new notebooks specifically for journaling, and I can see how that could be appealing. But in my experience, a whole new notebook with blank pages is daunting. You stare down at the white pages and you think, I have to fill these! How? I suggest starting to journal with an already started notebook. It could be a pad of paper your mom used for grocery lists or an old school notebook, whatever you have on hand. It saves time and money, and helps to make journaling less scary.
Good pens make for good flow
I cannot count the number of times I have stopped journaling because there were no pens within my reach. It is so frustrating when a pen runs out of ink mid sentence. I have found that journaling pens are really good for maintaining a writing rhythm, but any good pen will work. I suggest keeping a stockpile of pens close to where you journal — it will help you get through the moments where a dead pen makes you want to give up the practice completely.
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