Keeping a Love Journal
Do you love someone very deeply? A spouse, son, daughter,or maybe a group of people. February 14 is Valentineâ??s Day.This unofficial holiday is a day card companies started toincrease their business and has evolved into more over theyears. It is a day of reflection, a day to show someoneelse you care, a day to see the love we have for ourselvesas well.
A separate journal devoted strictly to people, places andthings, that you love, may seem like a waste of space atfirst. Why not just toss it in our regular journal. Youmight be thinking, "How can I fill up a whole book?" Ishared this sentiment for years. After making the choice,one pre-Valentine day ten years ago in a bookstore, itbecame easy. A richer life began emerging because of itover time.
As all things, it begins by purchasing a journal for thatspecific purpose. This is the perfect time of the year tobuy that such journal. Book and gift stores provide a stackof choices this time of year. When I sat down and opened mynew love journal, the cover, with its typical red cover andhearts, changed my voice but the pages were still starkwhite. For days, I sat staring at those blank pages everyevening and occasionally a few mornings. This was a strangesensation since itâ??s harder for me to end than to begin.
My original thought, why I purchased this teenage-likejournal, was to honor my motherâ??s memories. She passed, atthe time ten years earlier, and our memories were waning.Many times it took pictures to see her face again. Hereare some ways that I learned over the years to fill my lovejournals. What once started with a cautionary purchaseturned into a regular yearly purchase. Of course, this timeof year because of the wide selection in the stores.
Let Me Count the Ways
Lists are a great way to begin when the sentences or thoughtseems vague. Lists suggest expansiveness and release thepressure of saying it just right. Focus on one person andmake a list of a particular moment. It doesn't matterwhether it is recent or somewhere in the past. Memorytriggering is a trained skill and takes practice.
"Love letters fulfill a need to confide, to testify and toarticulate what is ordinarily left unspoken," says CathyDavidson in, "The Book of Love: Writers and Their LoveLetters." Expressing your love, whether shared or not,fulfills an internal need, a desire of a deep connection.Whether the love is only one way, a fantasy, or just adream. Memorable writing, whether it is a list, letter,poem, story or essay, comes deeply from the soul of thewriter. It is their way of having their say.
Writing a love letter doesn't always need to be to or aboutsomeone else. When we are working on our self-esteem andself-worth, it is important to write love letters to us.This may seem selfish or uncomfortable at the start but theexperience blossoms into a deeper learning about who we are,what we want, what we need, and what we can give. For thoseof us who have difficulty knowing our own needs or puttingour health first, writing love letters can be a valuablebridge that expands into a deeper understanding andknowledge about us or about our path.
Possible Memorable Items to Include
Here are a few items that can help expand your lovewriting.. Of course, these items will transition with yourintention, style, and voice.
1. Start by acknowledging the event. The place, day andtime.
2. What was your emotional state at the time? Did you feelsad, say so. Angry, shocked, or confused, say so. Evenlove letters and journals have more than one emotion. Wereyou grieving at the time?
3. Describe any qualities -- physical, emotional,professional or social. Tell what you admired about them(or yourself). Is there something you miss? Are they orwere they a great teacher, storyteller, devoted father,mother, aunt, uncle?
4. Remember the little things. The small stuff does count.Was there a particular smell you remember? What were theywearing, or not.
5. Have you had this experience before. If so, when? Howare they different? How are they the same?
6. Did a book, quote, musical piece, photograph, or songlyrics provide comfort or expand the experience?
7. Who else was involved? Did they build with theexperience or take from it?
8. What makes this love different? Or the same? And ifthe same, the same to what?
9. Was this an everyday event that turned extraordinary?Why?
Whether a love letter is your intention or to begin with alist, don't forget to love yourself and to add yourself tothe menu of a love-writing experience. Most of the time welook for love in other places when it truly needs to berecognized from within first. Take the time, find the magicyou hold inside you, find the love that you hold forrelationships, for what you have accomplished, or desire toaccomplish, or what type of love affair you want to havewith the world while you are still in it.
Love is a gift, whether presented only in a journal orexpanded into something wrapped and bowed. The expense isonly that of pen and paper but its cost is time and thought.Place love on your calendar this week. It is as much a giftto you as it is for everyone else in your life, past orpresent.
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Catherine Franz, 20 year international journalinginstructor, including several US Presidents and FirstLadies, and author of two booklets on hundreds of tips andtechniques. Visit the store at: http://www.AbundanceCenter.com
Italics Part 2 - Using Italics to Show Thoughts
Way back in your early school years, you were probably taught to use the tag "he thought" in your stories, to tip readers off that someone was thinking. If you substituted something more innovative, like "he pondered" or "Harry deliberated", you might even have scored a big red tick.
Balance Your Life
Balance your life ----------------------- Writing is a solitary task. Writing needs concentration and quiet. Writing requires absolute commitment. Are all there scary statements true?What is more, is it possible to balance your writing career and family without turning yourself into a zombie? Everything is feasible; I am the living example of it. There is only one secret: TIME PLAN.This is step one for the aspiring writer's success. Without it, nothing can be achieved. How can you do it? Simply make a rough plan of the time allowed to your writing project every day. It is highly important for the writer to know exactly WHEN he /she is going to settle down and write, feeling free of all the other responsibilities that he has. I have made a simple schedule. You can work out yours according to your family needs.Every morning just after breakfast, and as soon as the family have gone, I allow myself to work on my PC for one to two hours, depending on the workload of the day. Then I go on with the house chores and all the rest of the family tasks till noon. At 2 o' clock everybody is back so I serve lunch, but after that I have 2-3 hours free to work on my morning assignment. Thus, there is plenty of time to care for the family , while in the afternoons I still have time to go to my part time job in time , feeling satisfied I have worked at home on my project. In the evening I sometimes find an hour or so , when the family watch TV . This time I sit with them in the living room , having pre arranged to do the easiest tasks for my writing job, such as note taking or layout planning of new stories or articles. I use pen to paper and I don't bother if I make mistakes. Next morning, there is plenty of time to revise them and complete them. If this plan has been working perfectly for me, why not for you as well?You only have to calculate when and how long you need to write every day. Of course , you must stick to your plan and never give it up , apart from very urgent cases. Remember that your work is also urgent, so never skip it. If you respect your writing job, the others will do so too. What is more, they won't feel neglected as you will give them your care and attention at the time they are around. Furthermore, your house chores will be done in time and you won't feel overworked. " A little every day" is my motto, and, in the long run, everything is done and everybody is happy. Keeping your writing and family under control will make you feel satisfied and everyone, including you, will be happy. Also, keep in mind that there is nothing odd if you work in unconventional places.I sometimes find it stimulating to work in the living room with all the family around. Noise does not bother me ,on the contrary, it brings me more ideas. This article was outlined last evening while we were all watching a football match. Well, the truth is I did not watch much of it! I was absorbed in my new article, but that's how this idea sprang out. I can perfectly work in a chatty setting. Have you tried it? You may come up with fresh ideas and great articles. Finally, who says that writing can turn you into a zombie? Shatter the myth! It's up to you to enjoy both your family and your writing career. Simply make a time plan! Ends 622
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Which Comes First - Short Story Or Novel?
A writer writes. Bet you've heard that one before. Or maybe this one: if you want to be a writer, first you write one word, then you write the next.Both of these old clichés are true, of course. That's how they turned into clichés. But there's another dilemma a beginning creative writer often finds himself facing: do I write short stories or novels? Writing novels is almost always the end goal. You'll find exceptions---such as Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison, who primary built their careers writing short stories---but the vast majority of successful storytellers are novelists.The real question then is this: do I jump into novel writing with both feet or do I test the waters first by writing short stories? Generally, beginning writers don't understand that these are two very different forms. They see writing a short story as easier, less intimidating. At a cursory glance, it's hard to argue with that. But if you ask a writer successful in both forms, he'll almost always tell you that short stories pose a much more difficult task.Why?Because you're working on a small canvas. The novel is a wall mural. It's expansive. You have time to fully develop your characters. There's room for movement, for growth and change, for surprises and insights, for looking back as well as looking forward. The short story is an 8x10 landscape. It's a moment in time when your character faces a critical point in his or her existence, a moment that changes everything. In a glimpse, readers must believe in your characters, in the crisis they face, in the choices they make. It's a tiny, one-dimensional surface that must appear three-dimensional.With that understanding, starting out writing short stories can still be a good proving ground for a writer. You learn quickly what works and what doesn't. You learn to write tight, to pack as much meat into as few words as possible. You learn to capture the core make up of your characters. All very valuable lessons for both the short story writer and the novelist.
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