How to Create A Journal Persona
By Lael Johnson
First of all, I often become too intense when I journal.
Sometimes it’s easier for me to be serious then to write
fun entries. There’s always a season to journal about
serious topics. I am going to introduce one simple way to
have fun when you journal.
Create Your Persona: Create a whole new personality, a
person who has all of your favorite character traits,
mannerisms and work skills. To avoid boredom, make sure
that your persona is interesting to you.
Picture Your Persona: Remember that this
is symbol for this persona, draw a simple image. You can use
this symbol when
you write entries or you may just use your persona’s
Give Your Persona A Backstory: Write a three sentence
history of your persona, so you can differentiate this
persona from other people that you might write about in the
future. Stop, reread your three sentences and add any
extra details in a fourth sentence.
Chat With Your Persona: Practice journaling with your
persona, using letters, sharing pictures, and doodles. To
enhance your entries, experiment using colored pens,
crayons and other materials.
Reread Your Entries: Finally, after you finish your first
dialogue, stop and reread your conversation(s). What
surprised you? What bothered you? What do you want to
repeat in future conversations? Do you want to continue
chatting with your current persona? Do you want to create
new persona? Did you have fun with this exercise? If not,
what could you do to increase the fun potential with your
Feel free to experiment with this exercise at least one
more time, before you move on to another technique. Enjoy
creating and interacting with other parts of yourself! •
Copyright 2005 Writer's Eye Advisory Service
About the Author
Lael Johnson, owner of Writer's Eye Advisory Service,
offers creativity coaching services and additional writing
resources at www.writerseye.com.