Creative Beginnings

pretty graphic quote by louis l'amour on writing

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is tuned on.

— Louis L’Amour said that.

Today’s Journal Prompts:

What I know about my own creative beginnings is…

The idea of starting to write brings up…

What gets in my way when I want to write (or do something new)…

Make those obstacles into a list, titled No Matter What

Your task:

Do one or more of these prompts.

Come back here tomorrow.

Get Started with Journaling

Facing the blank page can be intimidating. So I wrote this piece to help you get started:

How to begin keeping a journal or sketchbook

Inside you’ll find an image from my own sketchbook (where I do my journaling), plus ideas on how to work with prompts in your journal, and… a few more prompts.


Make your journaling habit even easier

Last year when I offered the first 30 Day Journal Project, I found that having the prompts printed out in advance helped me get right into my journaling for the day.

So I made you nice versions of the very same layouts I’ll be using for my own journaling.

Get ALL 30 days of prompts & quotes (plus one bonus day) with 2 different layout designs.


Instant download

You can read more about the printables and how they work here >

Your Turn:

Share your thoughts in the comments on creative beginnings… what are you discovering? What are you hoping for?

Beauty & Connection

Each inspirational quote for the 30 Day Journal Project has a pretty visual graphic for you to print out and paste your journal, add to your Pinterest gallery, or share as you wish.

You are invited to share your experience in the comments—the dream is to collect your stories for an upcoming book about this project.

Use the hashtag #30DAYJOURNAL in your blog and social media posts so we can find each other and build our creative community.

You may join our closed FB Group for this project here:

Pretty Graphic: FLOW: 30 Day Journal Project at

 This post is part of the 30 Day Journal Project.

Our theme for this year is: FLOW.

Every day for 30 days, a brand new set of  journaling prompts is posted right here.

Creative journaling is my number one tool as an artist and creative entrepreneur.

I designed this project to help you discover the magic that happens when you journal for 30 days.

30 days of prompts and ideas to inspire, motivate, and en-Courage you, with creative community to support you. That’s my intention.

Upcoming Workshops

Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook is the foundational course required for more in-depth study and the facilitator training.

The 7 Creative Powers is all about breaking through resistance and understanding the places we get stuck. For those who have already taken Dreaming on Paper or Creative + Practice.

28 Responses to Creative Beginnings

  1. Melanie Luce August 9, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    Hi Lisa,
    I’m so glad to be doing this with you for olive writing reading and art work as well as Art Journaling too. I am letting you know Ian deaf and blind but I see some. I’m hoping to improve my journal writing and been putting it off for awhile due to busy life but now things are calmer and I can sit and relax to enjoy what I love to do! I also trying to write my life story so to help others understand my disabilities which are deaf, blind and diabetic. It a challenging time for me now. I am a strong brave person though and wringing as well as Art works kept me positive about life. I’m hoping doing this with you will encourage me to stick to it daily and if I Ever want to write my life story for others I better start from here and other places too. Thanks so much for doing this for us.

    • Lisa Sonora August 10, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

      Melanie – I’m so glad you found the 30 Day Journal Project and shared a bit of your story with us.

      So many people who want to write: their stories, novels, memoirs, anything – find this process helpful.

      And as for staying positive and being brave – well – that’s the reason why I do this work. I really needed positivity and courage, and that’s what got me journaling and exploring in this way.

  2. Clemencia July 1, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    Wow Lisa, this is amazing! I never thought such a simple question would open up so many memories of my life. I always thought… I need to write a book. Or I need to write my story. I have never journal before and it feels so right to write this things down. Thank you so much for such a nice thing you do for us, your online community 🙂 Sending blessings your way 🙂

    • Lisa Sonora July 1, 2015 at 11:35 am #

      Clemencia – Thank you so much for participating, and for sharing – this is so exciting and I’m happy for you!

  3. Lisa Sonora January 6, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    Katherine – The daily emails are going out – it’s hard to know why some go missing for some people sometimes – I don’t have an easy way of troubleshooting this. Much of the time it has to do with being blocked by other serves because of spam. This is annoying because the emails only go to people who sign up — and still… this is a limit of technology.

    Jen and I are working together to find some (yet even more) work-arounds… 🙂 and continue trying to improve what we can on our end.

    In the daily email includes the quote, the prompt, and the essay I write that goes along with it.

    Everything is also available for free on my blog – each day in January I am posting the day’s quote and prompts. At the bottom of the post, you can navigate backward my clicking on the post title to get the prompts for previous days.

    I appreciate that you signed up to get everything by email and am sorry for the tech snafus – those things aren’t in my control and that’s why I am making the effort to post absolutely everything on the blog every day.

  4. Seth January 4, 2015 at 12:30 am #

    I understand so much better now, after journaling, how I really felt in high school about my artwork.. like I was doing art wrong somehow because my work wasn’t as good as everyone else’s. Because theirs was more realistic than mine. But I finally understand that it wasn’t that they were better than me at art, I was just a different kind of artist…

  5. Louise Gallagher January 2, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    What a wonderful and inspiring way to begin the year! Thank you.

    I have just spent the past two days in my studio — immersed in words and images and paint flowing — and it’s been awesome!

    What’s fascinating for me is — before I signed up for your course, I was meditating on what word would come to me for 2015. I meditate on a word every year. Last year was Atonement. The word that chose me this year is FLOW.

    how perfect!

    • Lisa Sonora January 2, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

      Louise – thanks for sharing. I just love the convergence that happens in this project.

  6. Lynnjake January 2, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    This was a nice way to begin the new year. Thanks for these prompts. I’m wondering if I’ve misunderstood the challenge. I thought we’d receive a new prompt every day, but so far there seems to be only the January 1 prompt. Nothing today. Am I missing it somehow? Thanks.

    • Lisa Sonora January 2, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

      @Lynnjake: Yes, there’s a new set of journaling prompts every day – posted here in January. Those who signed up to receive prompts by email (that was available during December) will get them by email. Enjoy!

  7. Susann January 2, 2015 at 2:32 am #

    This is like coming home, Lisa — as always, thank you so much for hosting this. FLOW will be my third 30 Day Challenge with you & I’ve been looking forward to it since you first announced it. I put together a special journal just for this challenge, have all my art supplies at hand, my writing spot clear of clutter & distractions, a new tea pot & mug (a Christmas gift to myself) and a new stash of teas (a Christmas gift from Santa) — all in preparation for the month’s undertaking. Thanks for taking us on this wonderful journey!

    • Lisa Sonora January 2, 2015 at 9:17 am #

      Susann – Thank you for sharing your setup – this really helps visualize how others are approaching the project. I also greatly appreciate your gratitude. 🙂 I haven’t had enough Yerba Mate yet (it’s a kind of tea / herb with caffeine) popular in Argentina and other parts of South America. I’m quite a tea person myself…a new tea pot and a stash of teas is the perfect compliment to daily writing.

  8. Lisa Sonora January 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

    Judith- sorry you are having a download snafu. If you email me from the contact page I’ll try to help. Forward your confirmation email for troubleshooting.

    • Judith January 1, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

      Thanks so much, gave emailed her 🙂

  9. Clemencia January 1, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

    Wow! this is awesome!!! I just finished my Day 1 and I already discovered that I can just write and write and write as long as I have my ME time and space to do it. 🙂 I tend to write like if I am talking to myself, hmmm… I know this is weird but that’s how my writing flows so far lol Love it!!!

  10. linda cavazos January 1, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    Lisa, uhm …. something was bothering me about this and so I looked it up. Was it intentional or is there a typo in the quote? shouldn’t it be

    ” … The water does not flow until the faucet is TURNED on.”?

    • Lisa Sonora January 2, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

      Linda – oh yes – thanks for spotting that typo. That’s what I get for designing on my iPad while waiting in line at the Tijuana border crossing. 🙂

      • Lucia January 3, 2015 at 4:07 am #

        Dear Lisa, would you please share what app you use for designing these visual quotes on your iPad please?

        Many thanks,


        • Lisa Sonora January 3, 2015 at 8:50 am #

          Lucia – I used wordswag for these – aren’t they fun?

          • Lucia January 3, 2015 at 10:08 am #

            I shall try and see how much fun I can do with them 😉

            Thanks a lot Lisa!

    • Lisa Sonora January 2, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

      Linda – I also adore the teapot avatar.

  11. linda cavazos January 1, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    Feliz Ano Nuevo, Lisa! How interesting for this journey to begin with a quote from Louis L’Amour, my father’s favourite author. I have been creative all my life — in my head for business. It is challenging and tremendously exciting to begin to explore my more playful, creative, artistic side. There’s a vulnerability, an exposure … un-fastening my seatbelt now. Thank you for this beautiful start!

  12. Lynn Fisher January 1, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    Happy New Year Lisa! What a wonder start for 2015.
    Thanks so much!

  13. joanne January 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    what a great way to start a new year thanks lisa — I have been creative since childhood, but never really followed thru — I remember having a jon gnagy drawing kit — he had a tv show — I also remember having a leather making kit which had you make a key case wallet etc — and when I was very young there was a show called winky dink you sent away for a screen that you put over the tv screen and drew along with the “magiccrayon” — as far as writing I feel that I cant settle down to do it — your article on getting started was helpful —

    • Christine Day January 12, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

      I remember Winky Dink! I loved that show! 🙂

      Thanks for the memory. It made me smile.


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