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Day 10: October Journaling Adventure with The Joy of Writing Journal

I love to write in the morning but it’s rare that I wake pre-dawn. Today’s prompt reminds me of a particular summer morning before or after ninth grade when I woke particularly early. While everyone else slept, I wrote in my journal.

I lay in bed in our old Victorian New Brunswick summer house along the Fundy coast.

This is the house and my old bedroom is to the left of the cupola.

I woke to the shifting colors of pre-dawn—dark purples and blues turning to fiery orange. Then the sun rose over Fundy Bay and Nova Scotia on the opposite shore.

I wrote three or four poems that morning, entering the ecstatic state that writing (or creativity) sometimes brings—a feeling of elation, in harmony with myself and the world….

Writing integrates me. It makes me feel whole and holy. The greatest gift I can give myself is time to write.

The Joy of Writing Journal: Spark Your Creativity in 8 Minutes a Day

Your Turn

Do you have a special time to write?

Feel free to share a memory of writing at a special time of day when creativity flowed for you. How did it feel?

Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

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  1. Deborah Louth says

    Day 10 – Favorite time to write – Prompt – Morning

    The quietude of morning-time insulates my space, lending a surreal atmosphere for me to enter. As I
    step over the threshold to my inner realm, I root into another world, away from ordinary reality. Looking out my window I watch the flights of birds skitter back and forth to the red, squirrel proof feeder, industriously
    munching their morning meal. This stimulates the neurons and synapses in my brain to mimic their aviary patterns of activity within me to produce words on the page.

    • Mary Ann L says

      Deborah, I love how nature inspires you and how writing feeds your soul as you take flights of fancy. Your writing paints images that are visceral.

  2. Mary Ann L says

    Oh my goodness. Finding time and space to write is the main reason why I bought Lisa’s The Joy of Writing Journal! I don’t delude myself into thinking that I have a gift for writing. I have some interest in writing and in self discovery but in no way does writing come naturally to me. Ideas and turns of phrases do not flow forth from some abundant inner wellspring. I love to read and to notice the nuances of good writing- it mesmerizes and is wondrous. Good writing tickles my soul and leaves me in awe of authors’ abilities to see beyond the obvious and to broader contexts and meanings. I hold a flicker of hope that if I continue to practice that I will improve as I cannot tell a story to save my life and I want my descendants to know some things I have never found the time to tell them.

    I am inspired by Lisa and the authors video to prioritize writing as a “thing” in my life and not an afterthought or dashed entry on my to do list. Will I feel the joy, the elation writing brings to real writers? If I build in time, will the words in fact come?

    • Lisa Tener says

      Hi Mary Ann, That is wonderful that you want your descendants to know some things you have not yet told them. Journaling could be a great entry point for that. Just try not to judge your writing. Your journal should be a place of freedom where you can write without censure or judgment. Look at my own experiences-=-some days I felt inspired by what I wrote and other days it felt like junk. That’s part of the process. Keep writing and you will find what you are looking for–and the words to share with your descendants as well.

    • Deborah Louth says

      Confidence will come Mary Ann – From what you have written, so far – I think you have a knack for it.
      I’m a relative newbie to the writing scene. I want to write a book with my ancestors to heal a family wound
      and to leave a legacy behind.

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