Create A Thought Box To Strengthen Writing Habits

Create Your Own Thought Box

A few weeks ago I made a list of lofty goals and habits that I want to form in the upcoming year. It’s come to my realization that making and keeping habits is going to be an extremely difficult task.

Luckily, I’m pretty stubborn and I’m determined to stick to these goals, and am willing to experiment a bit to find the best ways to go about meeting them.

The one I want to focus on today is my writing habit.

I love writing. I’ve kept a journal for as long as I can remember. My degree is in creative writing, and even though I haven’t found a way to use it for income, I like to point out to my parents that I still use those skills every single day.

So far, I’ve been doing really well at keeping my goal of writing at least six days a week. The problem is, I want to do a little more than just write about my day or what I’ve been eating or what is making me upset. I’d really like to find a way to push myself and stretch my creativity. I want to get a little uncomfortable in order to grow.

That’s why I decided to start a “Thought Box.”

I got the idea from a project I did last year where I wrote one good thing about my day on a slip of paper and kept it in a box. I still haven’t done anything with those slips, but am planning to make a scrap book one of these days.

Anyway, the idea for the thought box isn’t really anything like the “one good thing” project, except that it involves slips of paper and a box.

I thought it was a completely original idea, but I quickly found other similar projects on pinterest in the form of a “Journal Jar.

Create Your Own thought Box

It’s really very simple. All you need is a pretty box or jar, some note cards, and some colorful pens.

I started by making a list of 125 journal prompts. Some I found on the web, and some I thought of myself. I purposely put a good mix of prompts that I thought would be both fun and challenging. Some are ones that I’m excited about writing about, while others I’m completely dreading.

Create Your Own Thought Box

Since I know some topics will be more difficult than others, I’ve added another optional step that I think will make things more fun. I purchased a blank journal that I will use to brainstorm the topics and build inspiration. I always wanted to start a Smash journal back when they were all the rage, so I figure this will be a similar way to inspire and get creative with the prompts that I find more difficult.

Blank Journal For inspiration

I’m really excited about this project for a lot of different reasons. In addition to stretching my writing and creativity muscles, I think it will be a great way to get to know myself a little better, which is one of my favorite things to do.

Create Your Own Thought Box

It’s strange that after 32 years of being in my body, I’m still figuring out who I am and what I really love in life.

Anyway, I’d love for you to join me or start your own thought box! I put up a page with a list of all the prompts that I’m using and will cross them off and link to them as I go.

I’m going to be choosing my prompt a few days in advance and will post it for anyone who needs some inspiration.

I’ll be choosing my prompts on Tuesdays and writing the response on Thursdays, so that I’ll have a few days to brain storm.

The first topic is-

Make Your Own Thought Box
What is your favorite Season?

So that will be up later this week.

I’m still looking for other ways to stretch myself and would love to hear what you do when you’re in a writing rut.

What inspires you? What gets your creative juices flowing?



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  • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    Hi Carissa! The blog looks great, by the way! Love the changes. And this thought box idea is wonderful. As writers, we HAVE to write about things other than our usual daily prompts for blogging that easily fall into, in order to grow and be creative. Such a fun idea! My favorite season? WINTER! :)

  • Charlotte

    OMG what a great idea! I love this :) I could use something like this too on days when my creativity is a bit… well, dry. I used to think winter was my favorite season and then 2013 and 2014 happened. Now it’s summer all the way :)

  • Kersten

    That’s a fun idea! I feel the same – i’m 30 and I am just now starting to figure out who I am and what I want to do. We are all different and who knows what it’s good for.
    Reading, being in nature and moving are the things that inspire my writing. But I’d say reading – the more different things the better – is the most valuable source.

  • Nadine

    This is such a cool idea!!!! There are days that I want so badly to be creative and then my mind is blank when I sit down to work. I cant wait to follow along and see your prompts!

  • Mwa

    Good idea! I wish I had some creative juices flowing right now… I need silence and time alone, preferably days on end for that. Not likely to happen…

  • Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    This is a really great idea and an awesome way to brainstorm and write about a variet of topics! I am looking forward to reading more :)

  • Kati Rose

    This is a really neat idea that would inspire thoughts and creativity – especially on those days where we struggle with those. Now that it’s been so nice out I’ve been trying to get outside each day and just really look and appreciate the world around me for a bit of inspiration. Sometimes it works, other times I just want to take a nap in the grass with the sun on my face!

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  • Carissa

    Thanks Ashley! Ah man, I feel so creative some days and other days i feel stuck. Hopefully this will help!

  • Carissa

    Thanks Charlotte! I’m hoping it will help!

  • Carissa

    Thanks Kersten! Reading and being outside definitely help with inspiration. I just wish I had more time for reading!

  • Carissa

    Thanks Nadine! I know, I really hope it helps! I need something to get me out of my rut.

  • Carissa

    Man I would do anything for a few days on end off. Even just a few hours would do me good!

  • Carissa

    Thanks Emelia! I’m hoping it will help with my brain block!

  • Carissa

    Thanks Kati! Haha I want to take a nap in the grass so bad right now. That might be inspirational in itself!

  • Jill @ Champagne for Everyday

    Really cool idea! I tend to only journal when I have an accumulation of over the prior few months that I want to remember when I am old. That’s part of why I started blogging – to capture my interests and personality on a more regular basis! I actually think I might try the “one good thing” jar. Did you put dates on them too? Also – how do you remind yourself to journal or do this everyday – set a reminder in your phone?

    xx Jill

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  • chelsea @ the new wifestyle

    this is totally cool! i love that you’re find proactive ways to keep using your creativity AND writing to come together! also, who doesn’t love a fresh box of colors :)

  • Candace Groberg

    I love this idea! I had a mentor give me something like this when I was a teen, but I never followed through with it. Now that I’m older though, I wish I would have been diligent in finishing the project! I guess it’s never to late to start. Lol