Catching Fireflies Journal Writing Prompts
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Capturing The Bright And Shiny Memories
of Your Life on Paper
by Maggie Worrix King
When you were a child did you scribble your secrets inside the pages of a tiny diary that had its own lock and key?
Now, as an adult, why keep a journal? Why bother to record the "daily stuff" of your life?
To remember what it was like to kiss Del Kendall at the homecoming dance. How his soft lips tasted like Bazooka bubblegum and sent a sweet shiver up your spine. To remember your Grandma Perkins and her stories of growing up as a young girl in the hills of Arkansas. To remember her snuff tins and silver spittoon, and how she smelled of rose-scented toilette water.
Writing about your life is a gift -- to yourself and to others, too. Writer Nadia Boulanger wrote, "Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows, or trying to write a masterpiece." Keeping a journal helps you pay attention.
How do you begin?
Just like you need a mason jar to capture a firefly -- you need a notebook to catch the thoughts and memories that flit around the porch light of your mind. Start simple. A plain old spiral notebook works great. Maybe choose one with Snoopy or Garfield on the cover to remind you to be playful and have fun with your writing.
Your notebook should be comfortable enough to carry around with you. When you suddenly have a bright idea or something nudges your memory you need your notebook handy to jot down your thoughts.
A good pen is important. Find one that fits easily in your hand and glides across the page. Gel pens can add a splash of color to the pages of your notebook.
When writing in your notebook think: sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch. Remember getting Black Beauty on
Christmas morning when you were twelve and held that wonderful book up to your nose for a sniff? You swore you smelled the alfalfa and saddle soap.
Good writing isn't just about proper grammar -- no matter what your high school English teacher told you. Good writing is simply writing how you talk. It's talking on paper like you're sharing a glass of raspberry ice tea with your best friend on a hot summer day. It's writing from the heart and not worrying about comma splices or big words or flowery language.
Good writing is writing about things that are important to you. It's remembering and writing about the people and events in your life that matter most. It's remembering your childhood pony, Sugarfoot, and how the sweat from his withers stung the blackberry scratches on your bare legs. It's remembering another sting years later when you were grown and said a sorrowful goodbye to an old pony who had become a loving friend.
Give your words flight. A firefly will die if left trapped inside the mason jar, so set your words free to fly out into the world and shine brightly.
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CATCHING FIREFLIES - A Peek at 12 Weeks
Week 1 - Gathering Your Tools ~ page 5
Week 2 - Food ~ page 8
Week 3 - People ~ page 10
Week 4 - Places ~ page 14
Week 5 - Pets ~ page 17
Week 6 - Cars ~ page 20
Week 7 - School Days ~ page 22
Week 8 - Birthdays ~ page 25
Week 9 - Holidays ~ page 27
Week 10 - Saying Hello/Saying Goodbye ~ page 30
Week 11 -- The World According to You ~ page 32
Week 12 - Putting It All Together ~ page 34
Quotes to Jumpstart Your Journaling ~ page 35
About the Author ~ page 36
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"Catching Fireflies ~ Capturing the Bright and Shiny Memories of Your Life on Paper" is an 8 1/2 x 11 inch booklet filled with writing prompts to help you with your journaling and/or scrapbook writing. Also great for writing your Life Story. Booklet is 35 pages (printed both sides) with plastic comb binding. Written by journaling instructor. PLEASE NOTE: Booklet cover color may vary.