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Journaling for Creativity.

Types of journal entry: Observations and descriptions

One of the types of entry in a journal will be from observations and descriptions of the things you encounter. Let us just spend a while considering the differences between these two terms.

Some journal entries can be a straightforward list of observations. This list can form a scene or be no more than a collection of facts, for example;
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“Norman Church, grey flint, white lime mortar, altar of grey sandstone, peeling paint, crazed varnish, black pews with rounded edges, delicate glass held by sagging lead, plaster patched…” –
Or the entry can be all the same facts plus the fleeting uncertain extras that occur whilst observing, the combination of which makes for an emotive description;

Awareness of the ‘ripples of existence’

This week’s post looks at how you can use journaling for creativity to see beyond the obvious and gain awareness of events and choices from long ago; developing active observation to see the defining signature of someone or something by their choices and of choices made for them.

Journaling word games: Describe a tactile sensation

When we include these memories and emotions, we start to begin to form tactile metaphors to describe the surface. In the above sentences, the first surface is ‘treacherous’ whilst the second is a ‘clean page’. Both are from the same root, both are slippery, and yet the two metaphors used here guide the reader’s thoughts quite differently.

Alternative Thoughts; Murder Your Darlings

Last week I posted on my personal belief that words should be carefully selected and that much thought should be given as to exactly where they are placed in your prose.

In a remarkable coincidence, just as the post was published, Ron Parnell from The Easy Way to Write sent me a newsletter stating that you [...]

Flabby or Plump; Can You Cut Too Deep?

What do you do when a master and a leader in the field give you good information that you just cannot accept?

This week I received some conflicting information that has had me pondering on the basic question of ‘am I prepared to write like that?’.

Very early on in the week I read a post by [...]

Emotion; The Writer's Sixth Sense

Why would I describe my heavy oak chair as obstinate?

After all how can an inanimate object be obstinate?
Yet I believe you all know why. It is heavy, dark, difficult to move and unyielding. I feel it is obstinate, of course it isn’t, it is only a chair.
The other week Natalie Allan popped a post up [...]

Life On The Right Hand Side Of The Menu

In my earlier post where I discussed the focus required by successful writers to make time in their lives to actually sit down and write “Sorry but I am too busy writing”.
I made a reference at the end that there is a negative flip side to the quality of your writing when you bury [...]

Can you describe a taste?

Recently I was asked to describe the taste of a cheesecake to someone, who due to an allergy had never tasted cheesecake.

As I stumbled on finding any adequate analogies for what was a most delicious peanut and chocolate cheese cake, a comment was made.

“You are the writer, come on, do better than that!”

How did I [...]