What to write about?

When I explain Mindwave's Stories to someone, I often get the question: "What to write about?" My first response: "Whatever you want to write and document. It's your journal anyway."

Mindwave's Stories has no structure, no guidelines, no examples, no questions to answer. It's totally up to you.

However, having an empty canvas can be quite overwhelming. Especially when you're new to journaling. Some people flourish on a blank canvas. Others don't know where to start. Whether you're the first or the second, here are some great topics to write about.

Questions for founders & makers

  • How did you meet your co-founder(s)?
  • What is the story behind your startup name?
  • How did you come up with the product?
  • Did you start as a side project, what was it like?
  • What did your MVP look like?
  • How did you prepare for the launch? How did that go?
  • How did you reach your first customers?
  • What did you learn from customer feedback?
  • What is your biggest challenge at this moment?
  • What major crisis did you overcome? How did you get there, and how did you solve it?

Topics for personal stories/journals

  • Periodic reflections (write a weekly or monthly reflection story);
  • What went well, what would you do differently next time?
  • Travel stories;
  • Managing stress and anxiety;
  • Purpose;
  • My dreams;
  • Master my skills;
  • Personal Development progress;
  • Personality tests results.

My Journals

To give you an impression of what I'm documenting and writing, these are my Mindwave journals.

In general, I write my stories in drafts. When the story fits a specific journal, I'll move it to that journal. Otherwise, the story (when finished) goes to 'My private notes & stories'. Browsing these stories sometimes makes me re-think about a specific topic.

Try not to overthink it. Just get started and figure out your structure as you go. You know it when you know it.

If you're not sure or got some questions? Please reach out. I'm happy to get you started.