Auto-Bio-Graphic: my new journaling practice

I have never been a faithful diary keeper. My degenerate handwriting is probably to blame. Or perhaps it is the fact that the written word can fall short as a truth teller- especially for the visually minded.

Over the last few weeks, I have embarked on a new journaling process that is bringing me a lot of pleasure. It is also helping me work through various facets of my creative and emotional life. Each page is an auto-bio-graphic, day in the life, of me- A. Posen.


I was inspired by my kids.  Comics are big in my house. Raina Telgemeier looms large, and we all eagerly await the latest version of  Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales. My daughter Celeste is even writing her own graphic novella, which will hopefully make an appearance here at The Creative Hours someday.


Needless to say, I fell for the form. With my ipad and ipencil, I have been drawing these autobiographical depictions of everyday life.  Keeping it easy, real and unheady- I am visually jotting down observations, sensations, events, feelings, visions, moments, interactions and dreams.


In my last post, Cold Calling Louise Bourgeois, I shared images from “The Diary of The Inbetween”. This was another form of visual journaling- one in which I committed to crafting an art object each day.  I then strung them from the ceiling in consecutive order.  The result was a surreal musical score of objects chronicalling my inner state and life impressions.

Journaling is whatever you make it to be.

Let’s see what next week brings…

Further reading:




DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier. Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon over Mississippi, she can’t really sing.

ALAMO ALL-STARS from Nathan Hales’ Hazardous Tales. Hale relays the facts, politics, military actions, and prominent personalities that defined the Texas Revolution in factual yet humorous scenes that will capture the attention of reluctant readers and fans of history alike.

Author: Alex Posen

Alex Posen is an artist, designer and creative director. She writes and speaks about creativity, and is available for workshops, private coaching and consulting.