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Free Flow Journaling for Beginners: Boost your Creative Writing Skills

teacher avatar Arman Chowdhury, Confidence thru Communication

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10 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:19
    • 2. What is Free Flow Journaling1

      1:18
    • 3. Benefits of Free Flow Journaling

      2:35
    • 4. Type or Hand Write

      2:29
    • 5. How to Write on Each Session

      1:23
    • 6. Create your Own Formula

      2:22
    • 7. Write in the Morning

      1:24
    • 8. Bonus Tip: Highlighter Method

      2:01
    • 9. Recap

      3:11
    • 10. Final Project

      2:08
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About This Class

Journaling is an excellent skill set to cultivate. There are plenty of different journaling methods out there. In this class, we will be exploring the free flow journaling method.

This is a beginner's course, so you don't need any prior experience with journaling to understand the content.

All you will need is a Microsoft Word document or a pencil and paper to get started.

A highlighter is optional.

Free flow journaling is the art of writing your thoughts down without any filter.

It's writing uninterrupted. 

Benefits of Free Flow Journaling are:

-Clearer thinking

-Ability to process dark emotions

-Enhanced creative writing skills

-More content to grow your brand and business

With free-flow writing, you will be able to work on your writing skills and develop bolder ideas to express. This form of journaling is great for beginners and allows you to learn along the way.

The class is designed to give you the basics of this skillset so you feel confident to participate in a 15-day challenge that will allow you to turn the theory into practice.

Let's begin!

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Arman Chowdhury

Confidence thru Communication

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Hello, I'm Arman Chowdhury. I am an engineer, public speaker, and writer who currently owns the company, ArmaniTalks. The ArmaniTalks company aims to help engineers and entrepreneurs improve their communication skills so they can express themselves with clarity and confidence. 

 

A few of the core communication skills covered include public speaking, storytelling, social skills, emotional intelligence, and creativity.

 

Throughout my career, I have served in the hard skills fields of aerospace engineering, electrical engineering & systems design. Some of my experience with soft skills include serving as the External Vice President of my Toastmasters club, former communications chair of the Tampa BNI chapter, and publishing... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hello, my name is Armand drudgery, the founder of Romani talks, a media company which helps engineers and entrepreneurs improve their communication skills so they can express your ideas with clarity and confidence. One method in order to express yourself much more confidently is true the art of journaling. There are plenty of different styles of journaling out there. But in this class, we're going to be zoning and on free-flow journaling. This is a beginners course. So if you have no idea what this phrase means, all good, don't worry about it. In this class, you're going to be understanding what is free-flow Journal link. A few of the tools that you'll need, how to get started, and a few common practices that you can implement starting today to make sure that you stick to this process long-term. And I'm one of those people that just began and quit after learning the art of free-flow journaling, It's going to be much more easier for you to express yourself, process your emotions, and learn the art of creative writing. This course is going to end with a 15 day challenge for you to apply the knowledge that you're learning and taking it into the pen and paper. I look forward to seeing you inside. 2. What is Free Flow Journaling1: Free-fall journaling is the entire art of writing completely uninterrupted. This is whenever we're writing whatever is on our mind at this moment, we're not focusing too much under grammar, punctuation, spelling, all of that. Although this may be important, It's important secondary. The very first importance with free flow is to write free flow. Now even though this seems extremely easy, it's not because for most of our lives, we were programmed to write in a very formal sort of way. We're being assessed in terms of planning, in terms of the grammar, punctuation, sentence, syntax. And we were being assessed with grades. So the mind and nowadays doesn't enjoy just writing completely uninterrupted. It feels as though due to the lack of rules that is missing out on something. But understand that it's not missing out on anything. There's only one rule with free-flow journaling right on interrupted. That's it. 3. Benefits of Free Flow Journaling: For also do anything in this life, we have to understand the practical benefits in regards to it. So let's talk about some of the practical benefits in regards to the free flow method. But if a number 1 is that it gets you to slow down your thoughts. Nowadays in the information age, there's more stimulus coming at us than ever before. At 1, wherever you're thinking. The next point we get five new marketing messages being shoved down our minds. We're back, we're thinking. Now we're back to getting more marketing messages shoved down our mind. So whenever we can factor in that period of our day, when we're just writing down our thoughts were slowly slowing down our thoughts, which allows us to grab more control over our mind. No longer are we suffering from mind-wandering. Nowadays, we have more clarity. Does benefit number one. But if a number two is that we get to process our emotions. A lot of people discover journaling after a very traumatic event, heartbreak, death of a loved one. And at this point in their lives, they don't have the money to seek a therapist. They want to talk to their friends, but their friends are going through their own personal problems as well. Others are simply not getting them. And one of the main vehicles, The best friend, is a journal where they can spill out their thoughts and emotions and add clarity to the chaos which is going on inside as benefit number two. And benefit number 3 is that you're picking up a new hobby. Think about this class right now. What is it? It's an idea. Everything on the Internet is an idea. Don't let the different colors, buttons, packages fool you. The internet is built on ideas. So what free-flow journaling, you'll learn the entire art of how your different ideas work. And the more that you can add structure to the ideas, the more that you can easily communicate it in the near future. So this is a fun hobby. The more that you do it, the more therapeutic that it becomes. And the more therapeutic that becomes, the more that you associate positive feelings to this Act, which allows you to become a creative writing monster. 4. Type or Hand Write: The golden question, do type, do you handwrite? I recommend that you choose whichever one works best for you. You may want to experiment a little bit with both before you commit to one and even when you commit to one for a certain period of time, you can always switch. Later on. My story goes like this. Couple of years back. I was going through a very difficult time. There was a period when I'll just gotten up really bad car accident, just went through a bad breakup. The guy that I got in a car accident with was suing me. I was falling behind at work. And I will just gone through a lot of dark times. It just wasn't making sense. You know what I decided to do. I realized that I still needed to go to my 40 hour a week job. So what I was going to do now was I was going to finish my work earlier on in the day. I was going to go for a walk. And by the time that I came back from that walk, I opened Microsoft document. And I just started writing and writing and writing ten minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes, all the way up to an hour. And once I was done, I felt better than ever. I did this the next day and the day after, and the day after. And as a few weeks start to go on by this sorta to become a habit. The more that it became a habit, the more I thought, hmm. How about instead of typing all the time, I started writing by hand. So as the few weeks passed on by, I invested in a physical journal and I started to write with a gel pen. So this was my personal transition. And nowadays, every now and then when I'm not feeling the physical journal, I'll use Microsoft document. But for the most part, I started off digitally. I incorporated analog to mainly make analog my home base. So for you, you'll probably notice that it's a different journey. But understand that it is a journey. What works for me will not necessarily work for you. What are you doing? Handwriting or typing? Understand the same concept holds true. You're writing whatever is on your mind. 5. How to Write on Each Session: So at this point, you've decided whether or not you want to handwrite or whether you want to type. What next. At this point, which you want to do is number one, you want to put the date on the top of the paper. Each time you put on the date, each time you solidify it to your nervous system that this is slowly becoming a habit. When you put in one day, you're going to be much more likely to put in the date for the next day and the day after and the day after. That slowly how we start picking this up as a habit. Then once you put on the date, you just want to write whatever is on your mind for however long you decide. You want to make sure that you're not overdoing it when you're writing up for four to five hours. Unless that's something that you want to do. As a beginner, I recommend you get started off just filling up one page. However long that takes you. Over time. You can always extend more beyond that. But let's not sweat it too much yet. So let's do a quick little recap. Number one, you're going to put on the date. Number two, you're going to put your words on the paper. That is all. 6. Create your Own Formula: After a couple of days to a couple of weeks of doing this, you're probably going to notice patterns emergent. These patterns will show you that you have certain tendencies where certain methods in terms of your writing, you're flowing with certain things, feel uncomfortable. Just to give you an example. For the first couple of weeks of myself writing, I noticed that I like to do gratitude, although in the beginning, because I noticed that as I was writing, there were little pockets of moments when I was doing gratitude. And that's when I started to think, why don't I just opened this entire free-flow section with gratitude. So that was a formula that was being presented to me. The more that I was writing. Now in the middle section, I started to realize that I like to write completely uninterrupted. I wanted my thoughts to be raw, unfiltered. I wanted to write as though that I was the only person in the universe. And that's what I did for the entire middle section. As I'm wrapping up, I'm starting to come back to Earth. At this point. I'm starting to realize that I got a busy day ahead of me. And that's when I realized I wanted to end it with my to-do list or certain affirmations for the day for reminders. So my formula soon became gratitude. Free-flow, to-do lists slash affirmations. This is a formula that was presented the more and more that I wrote. So in the beginning stages, what I encourage you to do is to just keep on writing and writing and writing and allow the patterns to present itself. Don't go searching for the patterns from the beginning stages. Just allow to gently show its face. The more that you write. And trust me, it will show its face. If it's not showing its face after two to three weeks, then you don't need any formulas or any patterns. All you need to do is write completely uninterrupted and keep on learning the formal structures of writing that we were taught in the past. Keep going and going and going. 7. Write in the Morning: In order to make sure that you do this long term, make sure you try to write in the morning. I'm not going to sugar coat it. I'm not going to say or write whenever you feel like it. Just do it early in the morning because when you do it straight up in the morning, you get rid of the hardest task of the day. Now you may be like a free-flow journaling doesn't the hardest task of the day. I got way harder tasks. I get it. But anytime that you're bringing in a new habit, temporarily, it's serving as the hardest task at this moment. So the door early on in the morning, you never know what your day is going to comprise off every now and then. It seems as though it's going to be one of those peaceful days. And then it starts turning extremely hectic. Other days you take is going to be hectic. And you're right, it's very, very high-tech. So you wanna make sure that you do it early on in the morning. I like to do it right after I'm done brushing my teeth and I drink some water, that's when I'll get shorted. It adds clarity for the day. I feel good, I feel energized and I feel rejuvenated even before I did anything difficult. So do it early on in the morning. No compromises. 8. Bonus Tip: Highlighter Method: So I'm going to give you a little bonus tip that I'm sure you're not going to get in any Google articles and Yahoo pose any YouTube videos. As you're stacking up your free-flow journal entries. What I want you to do is I want you to review your password with a highlighter. As you're reviewing your work. I want you to highlight the key ideas that stand out to you. And I guarantee you as you're reading some of your work back, you're going to be like, Who wrote this? I wrote this. I really said this. You did it. And the more that you keep highlighting those key ideas, the more that you're understanding what you stand for as a person. But not only that, you have a gold mine of ideas through this little strategy OF MY highlighting key ideas that I've used in the past. I was able to create spin-offs. I got a lot of those key ideas and I put it on my Twitter. And a lot of those tweets, certain blow up at different people or resonating with it. They were like, I can't believe you wrote that. I've been thinking that for such a long period of time, I just couldn't articulate it. Those tweets ended up going viral. Other times, a lot of these little highlighted notes, I turned into blog articles, YouTube videos, podcast ideas. And every now and then, some of them I turned into fall out books. So these are germs that can create passive income for you in the near future. Build more content for your brand, and keep paying dividends down the line. So you want to think big picture whenever you're thinking free-flow journaling, because it is going to pay a lot of dividends, get that highlighter. 9. Recap: Quick little recap of everything that we've been discussing thus far. Free-flow journaling is the entire art of writing completely uninterrupted with no limitations. Whatever is on your mind, write it down. Some of the benefits of free-flow journaling include, number 1, the ability to slow down your thoughts, to better express herself, to the ability for you to process very dark emotions. You can't necessarily express to someone else. And 3, the ability to pick up a new hobby, such as creative writing, which is extremely high ROI in the Internet age. In addition to the benefits, you may be wondering, Okay, do I handwrite or do I type? In the beginning stages? I recommend that you experiment with both. And then you double down on whatever you like the most. Stick with it for some time. And don't act as though that this is the final decision you'll ever have to make. You may always switch later on, sort of like I did. Now, as you get started off in one session, which you have to do is put the date number one. Soon as you put the date down, you stamp to your subconscious mind that this is a habit that you're planning on doing long-term. Once you put down the date, now you began writing completely uninterrupted. As a beginner, I recommend that you put down at least one page. You don't need to write an entire book from the very beginning. Just fill up one page. The more that you keep on writing and writing and writing throughout your journey, the more that you may notice certain patterns being presented to you. Those patterns include your formula. This is the technical template that you can follow for future. And if you don't get a pattern presented to you, just keep doing what you've been doing all along. This writing uninterrupted to make sure that you stick with this habit long-term. In addition to writing the dates every day, do it early, are on in the morning. Don't procrastinate very early on in the morning allows you to absorb this habit into your reality, which allows you to do it long term. Now with all that being said, I give you a little bonus tip. The bonus tip was that the more compilations of journal entries that you have, the more every now and then, you should get a highlighter and go back to your past entries and highlight a lot of the key ideas. Those key ideas can serve as leveraged for your future. Because those key ideas or your unfiltered ideas, raw truths which you can always leverage into blog posts later on. Youtube videos, later on, books later on, which can generate you Passive Income. Think long term. Now you understand the basic components of free-flow journaling. So let's get started with the final project. 10. Final Project: For our final project, I'm giving you a 15 day challenge. For the next 15 days, you're going to be able to experiment with free-flow journaling yourself. What I want you to do is commit to whether he wants to type or handwrite for the next 15 days. Then soon as you wake up early on in the morning, I want you to execute your free-flow journaling session. And each session you're going to write down the date that you're writing. Then I want you to fill up the entire page which are unfiltered thoughts. Keep doing this for the next couple of days. And was a 15 days are up. You're going to have a collection of journal entries. Now what I want you to do is grab your beautiful highlighter and go through those entries and find five key ideas which stick out. These ideas provide value to you in some way, shape, or form. Once you've gathered those ideas, I want you to post those ideas in the class project section. Now at first, you may be a little stingy with it. No, no, no. I don't want other people seeing my unfiltered thoughts like that. Don't be stingy. Because if it's provided you value, then I guarantee you it's going to provide at least one other person value. You don't want to take that away from them. Go on and be abundant and share your thoughts. And the class project section. Have fun with this 15 day challenge, because this is a beautiful Cornerstone habit that will make you much more productive and stronger in the long run. If you enjoyed this course and you want to stay updated with my future products and projects. Be sure to check out or money talks.com, where you'll see my YouTube page, twitter page, blog entries, newsletter and much more, all in one page, Armani talks.com. I appreciate you for joining me and I'll catch you another time.