Personal Renewal Through Journal Writing


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Note: if you're using this theme for a NaJoWriMo April Challenge, purchase the theme on March 31st, so you will start receiving your emails on April 1st. Otherwise, you can start using this theme anytime you want.

The theme NaJoWriMo April is Personal Renewal Through Journal Writing.

Experienced journal writers know that writing can reveal submerged thoughts and ideas and help us figure out problems and connect to truths we often overlook.

The prompts for this journal writing book invite you to ponder…

  • What challenges are we not facing?
  • What’s something new we could try?
  • What old habits need burying?
  • What have we lost in our life?
  • What fresh paths do we want to start on?
  • What do we need to change or improve upon?

I hope you find these prompts useful as I do for exploring ways to improve our lives.


And remember, just the act of writing itself can reveal submerged thoughts and ideas. Writing can help us figure out things and connect to truths we often overlook.

NaJoWriMo Creator

Bakari Chavanu is the creator of the National Journal Writing Month project. He's a full-time blogger and author of Starting From Day One: Using the Day One Journaling App to Record and Enrich Your Life. He's a former English teacher and an avid journal keeper. Bakari stays motivated by helping others use the power of journal writing.


I've definitely been enjoying my first experience with NaJoWriMo! I didn't realize what a rut my journaling had fallen into until I started working with the daily prompts for this October theme. I've discovered unexpected advantages as well. I write fiction but recently entered the genre arena of creative nonfiction/essays. The NaJoWriMo prompts have helped me loosen up the scholastic ultra-formality I learned for essay writing long ago in school.

Thanks, Bakari! I'm already looking forward to the next NaJoWriMo!


Thank you, Bakari, for commenting on my first entry of the #NaJoWriMo! And yes, you are right, there was ”more creativity” within me than I first thought once I sat down with the question of the initial prompt.

I will use the prompts to spark new blog posts but possibly spread them out more than on a daily basis!

--HERO — the coach (


Too often, my journal devolves into something more like a record of daily events rather than creative expressions or inner explorations. This will be the first time I've worked with prompts for a guided journaling experience. Looking forward to it. :)

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