I’ve been a teacher for 18 years and have found the topic of writing is a touchy one for many. After all, writing is a craft and many feel defeated when they’re asked to initiate the process, independently. Writing prompts are helpful but sometimes folks still get stuck finding the words to create a coherent piece.
Still, I believe that writing can be a cathartic release. Topics for writing should be fun and positive so that you can stick with it and make a great habit of it. Writing a simple poem or jotting down gratitude statements are an easy way to start.
Journal writing is very popular. I have countless journals that span over several topics of interest. I have a gardening journal, a study journal, a habits journal, a dream journal; the list goes on. Writing has always helped me process and comprehend things much better. It also helps you gain perspective and inspiration as you become better at it.
Now that we all have a bit more time on our hands, starting a daily journal could be a fun activity to fill in time. You don’t have to write long dissertation, it can just be a little blurb or inspirational quote that can help raise your frequency and bring you to present moment awareness.
A good rule of thumb to begin your journal entry is to use your imagination. Your imagination is a wonderful tool to create an interesting and fun piece of writing. As a child, I had a wild imagination. I loved dreaming of fantasy worlds where animals conversed with humans or you could hitch a ride on a bird’s back. I often hid away in tree tops to write fantastical poems and short stories to bring me to such wonderful places.
Don’t know where to start? How about a prompt?
Imagine that a wild animal or perhaps your pet suddenly began to speak. What kind of conversation would it have with you? Write a simple conversation down in your journal. Imagine that you’re face-to-face with the animal and that it has a wonderful tale to tell you about a happy life.
For those of you who find that writing doesn’t come easily, here’s an accommodation. Make a video of you and the animal of choice having a conversation. I would love to see what you come up with. Remember, the challenge is to keep it short. I encourage you to post your entry or video on my Facebook page. Click on the button below.