We all appreciate heartfelt journaling that triggers an emotional reaction and connection. This photo on this layout is a favorite of my older brother Paul and myself. I love how it captures the time with the clothing, faded colors, and the car in the background. It was important to me to write about how my relationship with my brother was my childhood, we did absolutely everything together. Following the suggestions in the writing exercise below helped direct my journaling. Next time you are working on a layout, try out the exercise below. (exercise is an excerpt from Amy Sorensen’s writing workshop)
If your layout is about…
a topic or event that repeats (such as holidays, birthdays, traditions), think about the “real” story. What do you want to remember? How is this instance of the topic/event different from others? This involves paying attention to the small details that make up the larger similarities.
an individual’s personality, think about juxtaposition. What is surprising or full of contrast in that
person? How is it manifested in his or her actions? Where might the contrast come from?
life right now, think about a symbol. What item might represent how your subject’s life is right now?
How is that object evocative of this time in life? How do the item’s qualities connect with your subject?
a relationship, think about a saying. What is something that the people in the relationship say to each
other often? Is there an inside joke, a mantra, or an aphorism that’s only shared between those two
people? How does it affect the relationship?
a unique event (birth of a child, part of a trip, an accident or illness, a new toy or gadget or t-shirt), think about a scent. What does this event smell like? What words might convey that smell? How does the scent connect you to the event?
a moment, think about another moment. What connections can you draw between them? What things
always stay the same? Why did this moment remind you of that moment?
4 week workshop starts 11/1/2012
One lucky winner will win a spot in the Write Now! Journaling Class Workshop!
Leave a comment here by 9:00 am (Mountain Standard Time) Wednesday, October 24, 2012 on why you think including meaningful journaling in your scrapbooks is important for a chance to win!
Congratulations to our winner!
Susan Fishel says:
I have so much trouble thinking of what to say and how to say it, that most of the time I don’t do anything beyond the names and date. It is very frustrating but it has always been a problem for me.
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About the Class: How to Write What You Feel
What moves you? What makes you puff with anticipation, hum with happiness, tingle with exhilaration? What makes you so joyous you could twirl off a few cartwheels in its honor?
Now how do you capture that emotion in your journaling?
Writing about emotion requires a deft hand and an open heart, the willingness to dig a little bit. More than anything, writing about emotion requires honesty. But it’s also really, really fun.
In four weeks of class, you’ll learn:
● storytelling techniques and creative processes for getting to your original thoughts
● how to make mere facts more interesting
● how to write imaginatively about repetitive topics
● how to find words when your journaling space feels more intimidating than asking your boss for a raise
● how to write about emotion without sounding like a Hallmark card.
There’s even a smattering of useful grammar tips!
Get the complete scoop here.