This truly is a fantastic thread!
It seems I have always kept a journal as my shelves in my art room are lined with books that look like a mess due to all the "stuff" in them spilling out.
It is overwhelming for some to look at the blank page not to mention feeling as though the journal should somehow look perfect.
I often use something I hear a person saying as my journal prompt.
Ex: the Florida student "Don't taze me, bro" was one prompt I could not pass up. Or a friend simply saying, "Ohhhh yeah" or "Ohhhh, hell NO". I will write this on the top page and go from there.
One thing I do often is tear out pictures in magazines or advertisements that grab my attention for some reason and I glue that down and the actual writing begins from there.
Since becoming sick with Multiple Sclerosis I also started a health journal I take with me to my doctor's appointments. I glue down research I may have found, highlight the areas of interest so I can discuss with my doctor, I use one page to list new meds I have started and the type of side fx I may have or if the med actually helps me.
I also list questions in one color ink I have for the doc and take a different color pen with me to record his answers.
LOL there are times my neuro will see a page as I am flipping through and ask me WHAT is that because I also journal about what it feels like to live with MS and some of the visuals wellll, let's say are eye opening for the doc to know a patient feels this way.
I have to inject medicine 3x a week so when I start a new box of injections I tear off the label and glue it in the journal where I write the dates in which I used that one particular box, recording the lot # etc SO if there is ever a recall or issue with the forumlation of that injectible I have a record I have used that particular lot #.
The labels are glued behind the page of the picture I took after piling up a years worth of syringes!! LMAO...the doc thought that a bit disturbing and I asked why, because I took a pic of all the syringes OR the fact that this is what a years worth of my injectible meds look like?