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Day 5: October Journaling Adventure with The Joy of Writing Journal

Today’s list-making prompted a list of a few of my favorite animals, as well as some animals that intimidate me, like the coyotes I hear baying outside my window on cold winter nights.

When it came time to write, I combined a few of the animals. Coyote and owl became a “coyowl” and deer and wolf became “the deer wolf.”

After two playful snippets about these fantasmagorical animals, I wrote about a childhood experience of a dozen of us kids packed into Leonard Davenport’s Volvo to go “moose hunting” (with our eyes; no guns involved) in Fundy Park in New Brunswick, Canada.

I only realized now that the piece about the coyowl appears on the journal page with a Jack London quotation. Somehow this seems quite fitting. Here’s my whimsical exploration of the coyowl:

The coyowl can fly from any part of the unvierse down

to just outside your bedroom window

where he alights

and who-howls

and howl-hoots

into your dreams

stalking

stealing its prey right out of your mind and

flying away

with one of your burdens.

You awaken lighter

free

and wonder what he was

who scared you,

took from you,

liberated you.

a creature of the night?

predator?


ally?

so strange and yet

familiar

in an unfamiliar way.

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

Consider today’s prompts an invitation to leave realism behind. Tap into your magic. What did Day 5’s prompt generate for you? Share an excerpt, insight, question or image.

And if you want some other worldly inspiration, here are some coyotes howling.

Wondering where the prompt is? You’ll find it in The Joy of Writing Journal: Spark Your Creativity in 8 Minutes a Day.

Go write!

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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

    Lisa,1st I want to say I loved your creative poem. I’d love to be able to be as playful as you – this was the hardest prompt for me, so far.

    Day 5 Prompt – I love to watch squirrels

    Observing squirrels cavorting with each other tickles my funny bone, leading me to stop taking myself so seriously. These creatures are quite child-like, as they zoom across the yard chasing each other around and up the trees with not a care in the world. They seem fearless, unlike the chipmunks and mice furtively scooting away from me in fear. Sometimes, when I watch them display their silly antics, I recognize I am not having fun in my life and the lightness of being of my inner child is sequestered away, waiting to be released into the light of day, silently beckoning me forward to enjoy the fruits of my labor.

      • Mary Ann L says

        I’m feeling your joy, Deborah & Lisa, here in Flagstaff!

        Desert dry air

        Mortals craving the essence of life,

        Moisture, a succor for parched eyes, noses, mouth

        Wellness restored by an appreciative swallow or hungry gulp

        Of a liquid, clear, odorless, benign often free for the taking

        Saving a life drop by drop

        Or agonizing desiccation without

        Pardoned by a soft desert rain

        Heaven’s dew

        • Deborah Louth says

          I have been to Flagstaff and have a good story and fond memories about the kindness of people there. The vivid, visceral words you chose in your poem brought me back to the beauty and deadliness of the desert. I am surrounded by water her in Rhode Island.

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