I am going to make an effort to write more for this blog. It’s not the easiest thing, you know, starting a second chapter/blog. I got a little nostalgic rereading my old blog. (Not sure what I am talking about? Check out my About section of this one.) The amount of followers, the people who commented, the laying-it-all-out-there style.
But times have changed.
So I went on a search for writing prompts. Good, solid topics to try and share. I found a wonderful list on Daring to Live Fully. I think this may be the way to sort through and restart my passion for blogging/journaling.
With all of that being said – here is what the writer, Marelisa Fabrega, recommends:
Get a beautiful jar–it can be a canning jar, a mason jar, or any other jar you have in the house.
Print out the prompts below on slips of paper.
Place the slips of paper in the jar.
Reach into your jar each day as you prepare to write in your journal and take out one of the prompts.
Set your timer anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes, depending on how much time you have available for journaling.
Write anything that comes to mind as you read each prompt and elaborate on each point as much as you can.
Sounds easy enough? I think I am going to give this a try. I would also like to invite you on this journey. Either use your computer and say your entries, or purchase a journal or notebook and follow along. If you choose to keep an online blog, feel free to leave the link to your blog in the comment section. Either you can find my topic for the day or you can pull one of your own out of the jar.
Here is the list of the potential writing prompts:
Sunday Scribblings is a site that posts a writing prompt every Saturday. The idea is that on Sunday you create a piece of writing inspired by the prompt, post it on your blog, and leave a comment on the “Sunday Scribblings” site letting them know that you’ve participated.
Here are some of their prompts:
What scares you?
Do you have a Plan? Do you need a Plan? Have you had a plan fall spectacularly to pieces?
What is your take on soul mates?
Are you a worrier? Is there a particular worry that you can’t shake? How do you cope with worry?
Dear Past Me . . .
Dear Future Me . . .
You can create lists of many things, such as the following:
Places you’ve enjoyed visiting.
Things you’ve done that you previously thought you could never do.
The people you most admire.
Your favorite books.
Your favorite movies.
Your favorite songs.
Your top five short term goals.
Your top five long term goals.
Do you have anything you would like to confess (even if it’s just to the pages of your journal)?
Nobody knows that I . . .
Dear ____, it weighs on me that I never told you . . .
The biggest lie I’ve ever told is . . .
Is there anything you feel guilty about? Is there anything you need to be forgiven for?
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?
What’s your secret desire?
What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done?
Use Quotes as Prompts
Look at the following quotes and write whatever comes to mind when you read them.
“If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.” — Rilke
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library.” — Jorge Luis Borges
“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” — Jane Howard
“What in your life is calling you? When all the noise is silenced, the meetings adjourned, the lists laid aside, and the wild iris blooms by itself in the dark forest, what still pulls on your soul? In the silence between your heartbeats hides a summons, do you hear it? Name it, if you must, or leave it forever nameless, but why pretend it is not there?” — The Terma Collective
“Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul and you answer.” Star Richés
The Most . . .
The most terrifying moment of my life was . . .
The most fun I’ve ever had . . .
The most surprised I’ve ever been . . .
The most disappointed I’ve ever been . . .
What are you looking forward to the most?
Visual Journaling Prompts
Leaf through a couple of magazines and cut out any images that catch your attention. Use each one as a prompt.
Look through your photographs and choose a few to write about.
Buy art books that are at a discount and cut them up for images.
Three things you can’t go without.
Three celebrity crushes.
Three favorite book characters.
Three favorite things to wear.
Three things you want in a relationship.
If you had to evacuate your home because of a natural disaster, what three things would you take with you?
Three pet peeves.
Three things you’d do if you weren’t so afraid.
Three favorite TV shows.
100 Things I Love
You’re going to make lists that will add up to 100 things you love. Make sure you give an explanation for each of the things you add to your list. For example, don’t just list your favorite restaurants, write down what you enjoy about each one (the warm bread they serve before the meal, the waiter who always remembers your favorite dish, the whimsical decor, and so on).
10 Web Sites
10 Famous lines from books/movies
Express Your Emotions
My saddest memory is . . .
Some of the things that make me happy are . . .
How do you deal with anger?
How easy is it for you to forgive those who have caused you pain?
What is the dominant emotion in your life right now?
Rituals and Traditions
My favorite Sunday ritual . . .
The Holiday traditions I most look forward to . . .
Things I always did with my dad when I was small . . .
Things I always did with my mom when I was little . . .
Ask “If” Questions
These prompts were inspired by the book If… (Questions For The Game of Life).
If you could have dinner with anyone currently alive, who would it be?
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be?
If you could change one thing about your present life, what would it be?
If you could live anywhere you wanted, where would you live?
If you could go back in time and change one things from your past, what would it be?
Best of luck to us all!