Journalling is an active and thought-provoking way to engage with collages created with the Collage Coaching Technique™. As a form of creative expression, journalling is effective by providing an additional way to work with and learn from the images in the collage. These are first shared through storytelling and then explored in the coaching conversation.
Writing deepens reflective practice and increases self-awareness as new ideas and understanding arise through the dance between the hand and the mind. Furthermore, the process of capturing these thoughts in a written format allows them to be revisited, just like the collage.
There is no right or wrong way to journal, so what I’m sharing are ideas and tips to help you start or expand your journalling. They’re based on 11 years of personal and professional experience as a coach and individual who uses her collages as a thinking prompt for writing.
Top Ten Journalling Tips
- Write without editing or judgement, in the same way you gathered your images and told your story
2. Note key insights from individual images discussed with your coach
- Capture your goals, aspirations, inspirations and decisions
- Date your journal entries as new meaning may emerge over time
- Try bullet points and other note taking techniques
- If you share your collage story with anyone record new insights
- Take a photo of your collage
- Print a smaller version to glue into your journal for visual reference
- Digital collages can be printed out in your choice of size
- Choose individual images that resonate highly with you
- Print and add them to your journal for focused exploration with writing (you may need to enlarge them)
- Recreate the image as a drawing or doodle
- Get creative with how you express yourself
- E.g. write a poem to express the meaning held in an individual images/ connected images
This poem, written by Sarah Priest, captures her thoughts, reflections and insight on the image of a dahlia in her collage.
6. As you write, ask yourself the clean language question ‘Is there anything else about…’ (the word, image, collage etc.?’
7. When you have more than one coaching collage, there’s value in making note of the similarities and differences between them
8. Consider listening to music while journalling, or writing outdoors
9. End your reflective journalling by answering the following questions:
- What do I know now and what will I do with what I know now?
10. Remember your journal is for your personal reflection, not for anyone else
- Keep it safe, and if you choose to share what you’ve written with anyone, ensure you trust them