Good blessed Monday morning, fellow writers. I hope everyone had a great weekend. The weather here in Virginia was sunny, warm-ish and a bit breezy. I enjoyed the weekend by writing and sitting on my front porch reading a really great science fiction novel.
Today, I want to talk to you, this first Monday of the Journal writing prompts, about the importance of keeping a Journal. I believe there are two good reasons to keep one: 1) to hold your innermost thoughts before they escape and 2) to give you discipline to write every day. As in any profession, you must practice your craft in order to perfect it. I believe this is especially true with writing. Unless you write every single day, you will never completely hone your skill. Journaling is an excellent way to do this. In your journal, you can be brave, break grammar rules, practice poetic forms, create art-filled pages, and so on. No where else can you practice so much with little to no scrutiny (we still have our own inner critics, don’t we?). For your journal is your sacred space. I know a lot of people use their blogs as a journal, but I highly encourage you to begin a paper journal and yes, write long-hand in it. Or, if you prefer, begin a computer journal where you can print out your journal every day and keep it in a binder. I am all for blogging, obviously, but I believe it to be too invasive. Instead, keep your words sacred, cherished, and private. Practice your craft of writing in solace.
“My journal is my constant companion. It is never far from my reach … It is a front porch of solace and retreat when I am tired and weary.”
—Nicole Johnson, from Fresh-brewed Life: A Stirring Invitation to Wake Up Your Soul
For today’s Journal prompt, write about the moment you met your first love. Include all of the senses… include the who, where, when, why and how. You can write this as a stream of consciousness piece, as a poem, as an art piece, perhaps include old photos, quotes, and so on.
Although I highly encourage a paper journal, for those locked in the digital age, you can leave your entry in the comments below or on your blog. Even if you write in your paper journal, you can leave a comment to let me know you’ve written in it. I love to know when people are using my prompts. If you do post on your blog, please include a pingback to my blog so that I know you are participating. You can create a pingback by simply including a link to today’s post anywhere in yours.
Have a wonderful Monday and enjoy this writing experience!