Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Writer’s Notebook {Day 22}

“This assignment is for what we shall call simply ‘The Notebook'. Its goal is to begin technical work on learning how to be a writer . . . This is where you stretch your brain to be as creative in expression as you can be . . . ”
“Make time in your schedule to spend with your Notebook deliberately striving to draw the most graphic word pictures of everything you see, hear, smell, touch, feel . . . The Notebook is for brain-stretching concentrated focus on technique . . . you are concerned only with presenting those thoughts, ideas, emotions [from your journal] in the most graphic explicit language possible.”
~ Ruth Vaughn, ‘Write to Discover Yourself’
Writing a blog is somewhat like keeping a notebook. It is taking the thoughts, ideas emotions, and experiences of our lives and putting words together about them in a creative way. The advantage of the internet now is that as we practice we may even be able to bless others along the way. As we share our stories others may be encouraged.

Another thing the author of this book encourages is for her readers to keep lists in 'The Notebook'. Keep lists of verbs and effective phrases that you come across in your reading or day to day life and record them. This will help to ‘internalize the flow of phrases and the imagery utilized’. Keeping these lists will help in writing creatively and will make a difference in how we put our words together.

“Wherever there are people and you have some idle moments, your Notebook should be in hand striving to ‘capture’ those people in words . . . preserve their idiosyncrasies . . . record their uniqueness. Wherever you go, train your mind to try to capture what is before you in words.” 
~ R. Vaughn

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