We are at the end of another annual series here. For each month of this year, we’ve picked a theme for daily journal prompts and, even if you haven’t followed along this year, you can always do so when you choose.

The themes have been varied — themes like age/time, memory, vacations, seasons, language, books, productivity, technology, relationships, and more.

In this last month, let’s go back to each of the previous months, revisit what we wrote, and pick the two or three prompts we’d like to “do over.” Why? Because, hopefully, as we’ve gone through the series, we’ve surfaced new ideas and we can go back to the older writing and layer in more rich details and thoughts. Let’s call it editing if you prefer.

If you have a hard time picking, maybe look for these flags with each journal entry:

— shorter than your average length

— not digressive enough

— did not yield any new insights

— did not allow you to be as creative with language as you’d like

— did not pick up on connections with other related entries (whether from the same theme or another theme)

You get the idea. The goal is to yield new insights from the old entries.

All the best with this exercise. If you are so inclined, feel free to share thoughts or questions in the comments below.

Here’s a parting thought about journaling:

These handwritten words in the pages of my journal confirm that from an early age I have experienced each encounter in my life twice: once in the world, and once again on the page.

― Terry Tempest Williams; When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

A good journal entry ― like a good song, or sketch, or photograph ― ought to break up the habitual and life away the film that forms over the eye, the finger, the tongue, the heart. A good journal entry ought to be a love letter to the world.

― Anthony Doerr, Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

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