Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. ~ Arthur Ashe
Wednesday 25 May 2016
Without a doubt, the question that I field the most about journal keeping is: “How do I start?”
The truth is, you just start.
But the other truth is that starting is challenging.
We have to climb over different things depending on our story.
Perfectionism. Handwriting. “We don’t say that.” “We do it this way.”
Everyone has a story around journals and writing.
Spelling. Honesty. Secrets. What if someone finds this book?
Learning curve is messy.
The voices and message that come toward us are as infinite as all the stories.
I believe in honoring the story and being a ninja as we move around our fears and concerns. I believe in working with and around objections. Here are a couple of ways to begin if you just don’t know where to start.
WRITE A QUOTE:
Sometimes someone else has already wrapped language around the thing that we’re trying to express or the challenge that’s in front of us. Start by writing down a quote.
The true power in this exercise comes when we move to the next step beyond copying someone else’s words and dive into our own. Write the quote. And then capture what you think and how you feel. Why did that particular quote capture your attention in the first place? What does it stir in you?
BEGIN WITH A WORD
Words are powerful. Sometimes one word says it all. Sometimes that one word kicks over the bucket and everything spills out. Write