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Scrapbooking and Travel


When you travel, write about your surroundings. Describe the rooms, buildings, streets, landscapes, people, and activities in which you are involved. Jot down dialogues and conversation. Describe yourself in your new surroundings, being sure to show how you react to the people around you. Choose an activity other than journal keeping and keep a journal for several consecutive days about that activity.

Some examples might be: training a puppy, having a visitor, planting a garden, or searching for the perfect gift for someone. Or take the same walk on journal entry days and write about the walk each time you take it. Whatever you do, capture your thoughts and behavior as you do the activity you have chosen to journal about. Locate five words from anywhere around you: your bulletin board, a newspaper headline, a shopping bag, a warning label, or a Cardin your wallet.

Write each of the five words on a scrap of paper and put the scraps in a bowl or hat. Choose one scrap and beg into write about that word. Write for ten to twenty minutes without stopping or editing yourself. On some days you might just want to enter an apt phrase or description or an ironic question that comes to mind. Leave themes short paragraphs entered under dates. Someday you might collect them under one title, such as Winter Thoughts or What My Mind Wandered to in Spring. If you are engaged in writing anything -- a story, poem, essay, play, or paper for school or for work -- make some entries about your writing process. Be sure to say what your feelings are as you begin, revise, and finish what you are working on. What questions do you ask yourself? What are you learning that helps you write? What do you think you are working against? Do entries in the form of poems, even if you don't think what you’re writing about is poetic.

Take what might seem prose-like and chop the paragraphs into lines like a poem. When you see the writing this way, you might find that images stand out, and with some editing (such taking out extra words), you could have a rich piece of writing. Write letters you would never mail. Tell old boyfriends what you’d like them to know now that you are older or wiser or dumber. Tell family members or friends something you never told them before. Tell a toy from childhood or a teacher from long ago about something that makes you think of them now. Try writing their letter back to you.

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