Thanksgiving cometh…and so does the writing…
November 6, 2010 § 22 Comments
(photo taken at Eckert’s Orchard in Illinois)
Stomped around getting things done, sorting and tossing, making lists, dashing from closets to trash bins, also including some minor scribbling in journal, trying to meet upcoming class assignment. I’m cComing up a double journal class week. I’ve finished two ms and handed them and have one more to go. (thus the cleaning; I always clean after handing in assignments; it’s part of the “giddy” that follows finishing a piece.)
Made a (small and really unimportant in the grand scheme of things) discovery today, yet one of those little writerly truths one discovers about oneself… and it means ultimately I will be staying away from “mad” journal purchases! I have discovered, when left ot my own to write, on WHAT I really like to write:
…..Must have heavy paper that ink and sharpees won’t bleed through
…..must be at least 6″x9″ in size
…..Must lie fairly flat when open
…..must have smooth, very smooth paper
…..Must be unlined
More to share about journaling:
Line after line of text is boring, not only to look at, but sometimes to create.
It is important, or at least fun, to insert sketches, postcards, ticket stubs and other bits to make the page somehow remarkable, words notwithstanding. (Remember: written text is what it is, in journaling – no “go backs,” fixes, edits, etc.
So it’s fun to spice it all up a bit so that it interests even you, the writer and doesn’t put any pressure on you to fill that whole blank page with words only.)
So you might enjoy a nice peek at Penchant for Paper’s blog for some ideas on notebooks and such, and then take a look at i hanna’s blog and page back through her entries to see what she’s doing with art and journaling.
We don’t have to be skilled visual artists, but (visual) art likes holding hands with (textual) writing.