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Articles to inspire your creativity and self-expression.

An author’s mind map or story outline can be a fascinating artifact to pour over and examine (especially if you’re a huge fan of the outlined work!). Not only can it allow you to see the story in a different light but it gives you a peak at the author’s writing process and how they were able to keep track of their story’s myriad events, characters, and timelines.
It’s clear we’re living in a very “digital” age. That doesn’t mean that we’ve completely abandoned the pen and paper (see our recent discovery that handwriting is still thriving even for business professionals; or two examples of tech bloggers...
Artists. We all know the cliché: beret wearing, cigarette smoking, tortured by inner demons and possibly speaking with a Parisian accent. But does this stereotype really ring true for today's modern artist? We doubt it. Positive and negative, we've unpacked some of...
Our Peek Inside… series takes a look inside peoples’ personal journals to celebrate their creativity and inspire others. Message us at facebook@hartleyandmarks.com if you have a project that you would like to be featured. This month we asked the very...
This week's entry in our ongoing series looking at famous diary entries should be interesting to anyone who has an interest in movie history or the brainstorming processes of geniuses. It comes from the diary of Stanley Kubrick, the...
In this special double edition of "Peek Inside..." we are getting to know Gerson Petit, a multitalented young man with a passion for classic art. He also writes for his university newspaper, the Collegian. Over the next couple days, we will be...
When people think "Olympics," works of art are not usually the first images that pop into their heads. Sports, obviously; architecture, sure; ceremony and spectacle, absolutely – but paintings tend to be pretty far down the list. This year,...
We've reached the halfway mark of Inktober, the point of any challenge when inspiration begins to wane and participation starts to drop off. So if you are taking part in this online artistic campaign this year, you may be...
  “I don't know what I think until I write it down.” ― Joan Didion Journalling is an important part of many people's lives, with some consistently taking to their journals every week or every day. The benefits come in as many...
We don't refer to our journals as "companions" for nothing – when you get into the habit of daily writing, a journal can function as a confidant, co-conspirator and encouraging friend. Writing down your private thoughts, as opposed to...

The Paperblanks Journal Prompts App

A mobile app for journal writers who are stumped for ideas or simply looking for a new writing topic. Hundreds of journal prompt ideas that can be used with your favourite writing journal, diary or notebook.