Whether you’re a writer, artist, graphic designer or other creative, you know that maintaining your creativity can sometimes be a challenge. What do you do if you hit a wall?

A journal is an excellent tool you can use to keep your creativity flowing. This isn’t the same kind of journal you use to write your innermost thoughts and feelings (though you could use it for that purpose if it helps). Instead, a creativity journal focuses on helping you to solve problems, brainstorm ideas, and practice creativity.

Here are just a few of the reasons to keep a journal as a creative person:

Helping you to practice and refine your skills
One of the best reasons to keep a creative journal is because it helps you to practice and refine your skills. Creativity doesn’t always come naturally. It often takes a lot of practice to maintain it.

There’s always something new to learn, and existing skills need to be maintained. By writing your ideas down, or practicing your drawing technique in the journal, you’ll continue to develop your skills.

They have multiple uses
Creative journals tend to be less organized as something like a bullet journal. As a result, they can be used in many different ways.

Turn it into a sketchbook, notebook, scrapbook or day planner. You can use it for whatever function you need the most.

Ideal for brainstorming ideas
As a creative person, one problem you’ve probably faced is coming up with new ideas. A writer often struggles with writer’s block or difficulty figuring out what to write about. In this example, a journal could be used to write down ideas in no particular order, also known as a brain dump. Free-writing can help to get the creative juices flowing and help you to overcome that mental block.

If you’re an artist, you can use the journal to draw your ideas. You may find that after doodling whatever comes to your mind, things start to come together.

Silencing your inner critic
If you tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to your creativity, it could be holding you back. That inner critic can kill creativity.

A journal can help silence that negative inner voice. There are absolutely no rules as to what you can or should put into it. There are no wrong ways to write, plan, or draw. It’s a safe space where your creativity can flow without being judged.

Journaling as a creative person is a good way to move past that wall, and whatever else is keeping your creativity from flowing. Use it to not only nurture your creativity but to maintain it, too.