If you journal or blog, what do you write about?

Clovers (@clovers) 8 years, 9 months ago

Topic. For you writer’s out there, how do you prompt yourself?

February 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm
Terence Stone (48)C (@inception360) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Depends. If you’re just starting, and you’re having trouble, write about what you know. Write anything. It could be a description of your favorite water bottle, summary of a movie or book. Beyond that, write about what matters to you. I make it a point to write every day for at least half an hour whether it’s a journal entry, or my blog. I live in the NYC and always carry around a small notebook with me, so if I’ve got a long train ride I’ll write- poetry, stream of consciousness, article ideas, etc. The important thing is to just put the pen to paper. If you’re having a block or trouble with motivation, then write about that.

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Edward Bernays (131) (@edwardbernays) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

In my blog I write about communications, media, technology, information, and semiotics. I’m a communications major in school so it’s basically my interests, ideas, thoughts, and academic work all in one place.

In my written journal its whatevers on my mind. Random thoughts, ideas, etc. It’s basically mini streams of consciousness.

I prompt myself by just writing what’s on my mind in both cases, working out the details later. Important thing is to just write without over critiquing yourself. My ideas generally spur from things I’ve read, heard, or seen or thoughts I’ve had. Enjoy the process and it’ll become easier.

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@clovers, in my written journal I write my thoughts, I write some things out of my system, or I write things down to see them and think about them more clearly. Or I write stuff to get motivated.

As far as prompting yourself, that’s kind of tough. I was hanging out with some friends last month and I said i was having a hard time being creative, so they gave me some prompts to do, they’d think of a topic or tell me write as much as i could based around a few key words to see what i could come up with. it gave me quite a bit of confidence. Check writer’s websites.

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Sachin P. (3) (@smpkri) 8 years, 5 months ago ago

I write about my experiences and thoughts. I spent an year in rural area in northern Ghana and I have written a lot about it in the form a blog. Recently after returning to my regular life in India, I have been writing a blog but at very lesser frequency. I think one needs to have a strong urge to express and just start writing about it. Style and language follows. Since English is not my native language, I found that grammer and spellings was and is still sometimes a problem but is a secondary one.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 5 months ago ago

I write about epiphanies, mostly. Whenever I have an “Aha!” moment, or a “Holy Shit” then I write it down on my blog.

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Călin R. (1) (@Calin) 8 years, 5 months ago ago

If there is a thought that comes to my mind several times it usually ends up in my journal. In can be anything, different states, or thoughts about the world or life, it doesn’t really matter.

One thing I discovered and really found interesting is the fact that when I wright about my problems or just difficult times I tend to analyze them in a different way than if I just think about them.
Try to have a pad or something to wright on closely or if that’s not possible just make a note on your phone to write about a certain thing when you can. It gets easier after the first two lines.

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averagejoe (37) (@gimmesomesalt) 8 years, 5 months ago ago

Metaphors.

I love nature, and I make it a point every day to sit for about a half hour in my backyard (opens up to a valley of trees with a creek running through it). I do nothing but observe- two birds hopping around playfully, trees swaying in the breeze, patterns in nature.

Then, once I’ve resumed my day, I keep my observations in the back of my head and end up turning it into a metaphor for something in my daily life, or social commentary, etc. I’ll write that down and expand on it over a couple days.

Or, if I’m feeling less creative, I conduct some light research on certain topics that are on my mind, compile sources and design a thesis.

I read a book about quantum physics, “God Is Not Dead” by Amit Goswami, and the author tied in creativity and those “aha!” moments @ijesuschrist mentioned, saying that it is a quantum leap out of a system. It also mentions a man named Graham Wallas who codified the creative process into four stages,

Preparation (research, exploring options, etc.)
Incubation (“sitting on the egg”, allowing time for unconscious processing, meditating on ideas)
Insight (That aha! moment where the million dollar idea smacks you in the head like a scorned woman)
Manifestation (Turning that idea into something tangible, fleshing it out on paper)

I try to use this as much as possible since it has done wonders for me in the past.

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Kate (1) (@divinediscretion) 8 years, 5 months ago ago

It depends.

I keep a journal for thoughts, a stream of consciousness thing, and I carry it with me everywhere. Whatever I’m thinking, epiphanies, observations, introspection, anything. Goes in book. Just writing every day makes a difference. Like people above me have said, it gets easier to write thoughts down after the first few lines.

I write fiction as well. Sometimes just reading my terrible, old material is enough to get me stoked to write more/better stuff because I can see my style evolving.

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