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  • January 17th, 2010 | 8:50 PM
Artful thoughts about writing

I'm taking an online class right now in creative journaling with Kelly Kilmer. One of the things I like about it is that it is a work at your own pace sort of thing. All the lessons are already posted and you can do one a day or none a day or ten a day or whatever. I also like that she is talking about layout because I've been trying to "see" things rather than "hear" stories and it's still a struggle for me. What I have learned is that I could  spend days (I kid you not) trying to copy a template and never be happy with what I am doing but once I finally gave myself permission to not follow the rules and just use the template as a jumping off point, things fell more into place. I am so conditioned to following rules that I expected the art police to show up at my door and yell at me for not creating to plan.

Silly, I know.

This is one of the pages from my journal for this class. I'm using pages from an old DayTimer because even though I have some nice brand-new books with clean pages but this is a lot of practice stuff and I figure why not use up some old stuff?  I like the way this page came out. It makes me smile to think of all the wonders waiting to happen just because of what might or might not be in my pocket.

I'm thinking about my WIP, about Flyboy, and how the last few months I've taken a lot of classes trying to shake things up in my head in order to better get them down on the page. One class had me thinking about theme and major story questions and when I finished that class I thought, "Oh yeah I've got it now. I know where I'm going."  Another class had me thinking all about traditional mysteries and by the time I got to the end of the class I was sure that's what I was going to do except then I remembered that I didn't even read mysteries.

Do you see where I'm going here? I got so hung up on trying to follow someone else's ideas of the rules for my story that I forgot, for a little bit, that it was MY story.

Sometimes rules are needed, to keep us safe. And sometimes they are just guidelines to get you started in case you're feeling a little bit lost.

Remember you're the only one who can tell your story. Tell it, please.
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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January 19th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
Yeah the creepy factor sorta surprised me but I kept getting drawn back to the puppet. This is really an interesting excursion for me. I realize that I think about a lot of the prompts but I don't put them to the page.

And permission to not follow the rules is just so dang hard!
January 18th, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
I'm loving all your creative journal posts -- this one's great! I have a Pinocchio doll on my kitchen mantle who lies to me on occasion. :)
January 19th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jama! I just loved this image.
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January 19th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
Yes, clinging to the template isn't a great idea but this class is about stretching however you need to stretch. Very low key. I'll email you more info.

And thanks for the kind words.
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January 19th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
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January 19th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
I'll drop you an email in a few minutes.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

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