The Creative Diary in Quarantine 19 – a title for inspiration

A title for inspiration

Magazines often contain titles for inspiration to write a story about yourself. Rewrite the story of the title. Make it you own. Rewrite your story.

Collage & writing

  1. Take a page in your journal.
  2. Browse through your magazines and cut out a title here and there that you like or that catches your attention. Cut out about 3 or 4.
  3. Stick them randomly on your sheet. Write a piece of ‘article’ underneath. Like being a journalist and rewriting the articles. But make it your own article, your own story.

“Everything is a story. You are a story. I am a story.” – F. Burnett

What if … you already know the content of the article? Try to find titles of articles that you don’t know the content of.

What if … you work with children who cannot write? Let them randomly choose titles from magazines. Read them the titles and let them make up the story and tell it to you.

TIP: If you really like the assignment, you can make the stories longer by spreading the 4 titles over a double page.

Would you like to get in touch with others? In Facebook you find a page where participants connect.


Important to know:

Working in a Creative Diary is NOT about results, it’s about expressing you inner self. It is NOT about techniques, techniques only help you to express yourself in more different ways. The exercises I give are an INVITATION, not an obligation. You can do the exercise, or not, you can do it differently, it’s at your choosing. The most important thing to remember is that you’re putting yourself and your (inner) world on paper, you are NOT making art. So feel inspired by images, but don’t compare yourself ! Fun and self-expression come first.

What do you need?

  • markers
  • coloured pencils
  • writing materials
  • scissors
  • glue
  • watercolour
  • soft pastels
  • oil pastels
  • some magazines

And of course: a journal/diary. I recommend an 8,3 inches x 11,7 inches notebook (A4 format) with blank paper, but take whatever you find in your house. Blank papier is good too.

More information:

The exercises used in this Creative Diary are based on a method described by Lucia Capacchione, American art-therapist and author of the book The Creative Journal, by Anne-Marie Jobin, Canadian art-therapist and author of the soon to be coming book The New Creative Journal, and myself, Sarah Timmermans, Belgian art-therapist and psychologist (Dutch book: Het Creatieve Dagboek). The method blends knowledge from writing therapy, art-therapy, psychology and basic creativity. It’s a simple method that doesn’t requires any artistic skills and has been used with many ages, many individuals and many groups of people. More questions? Please write me.

Who am I?

I’m Sarah Timmermans, Belgian art-therapist, naturopath and psychologist. I’m trained by Jungian art-therapist/psychologist Csilla Kemenzcei. I work with individuals and with groups. I’m specialised in using diaries, tarot (archetypes) and dreams.