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Monday, November 30, 2009

Making Writing Booklets

by guest blogger Linda Johnson
See Linda's personal blog: Various and Sundry Items of Interest

I just wanted to let you know how much fun we had at last night’s meeting of “Just Journaling” while I’m still pumped up about it! We wrote more than usual and even had time to get crafty as well!

We created writing support booklets based on the prompts, which came from Sark’s book, "Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper". (Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper: Gifting the World with Your Words and Stories, and Creating the Time and Energy to Actually Do It. Authored by Sark).

The prompts were questions that we wrote out and answered on note cards, one per card. We punched a hole in the corner of each note card for a notebook ring to go through and hold them together. On the last pages we put contact information for all the members so we can contact each other directly if we want to. This is the basic scenario. Of course, some of us went on to decorate the pages, create covers, etc. while others said, “”No way!” Such is the flexibility and freedom of our group.

Don’t worry if you weren’t there last night. I am including the prompts in case you want to create your own booklet. The idea behind the books is to have something that you can carry with you to remind you why you write or to give you ideas when you’re stumped. Also, some of us decided to put some blank pages in it so we will have more spae to write things down as we go along. They are small, portable, and can be added to or subtracted from.

We used either 4x6 or 5x7 note cards. You could use 3x5s and carry them in your pocket. Experiment and have fun!

Here are the prompts:
I love writing because…
I sometimes hate writing because…
Writing is fun and easy because…
I sometimes don’t write because…
What triggers / tools / set-ups could I use to prompt my writing?

Try actually writing out the answers – I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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