Writing reflectively in personal journals and sketchbooks can help you to develop ideas and put those ideas into practice. Personal reflection can help you make sense of the diverse observations, ideas and research questions generated in creative projects.
Set aside a regular time for personal reflective writing; it is also a good idea to carry a notebook in which you jot down ideas as you go. Having a set of questions to ask yourself (what Pat Francis calls a ‘reflectionnaire’), such as ‘what worked well?, ‘what were my feelings?, ‘how could I have done it differently?’ may also help to generate personal reflective writing.
The advantage of writing about your own practice means you can use the format that works best for you. It also means you do not need to worry about how others look at your writing, freeing you to get to the essence of your ideas and helping you clarify them to yourself.
Your personal reflective writing may include:
- how present thoughts and behaviours have been affected by past thoughts and behaviours
- how you would do things differently
- how the context has influenced your work
- standing back and self-questioning
- taking the views of others into account
For more guidance on reflective writing, see our Map for Reflective Writing
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