Can We Talk?

by Lain Ehmann on September 24, 2011

When I saw this blog post from Internet marketer and author extraordinaire Seth Godin today, it reminded me of a saying I quote to my journaling students again and again:

IF YOU CAN TALK, YOU CAN WRITE.*

Basically, it’s impossible to have journaler’s block if you think of your journaling as a conversation rather than as A Piece of Writing.

This isn’t 7th grade English class. You aren’t being graded. No one is going to give you extra points for using complete sentences or dependent clauses.

So just journal like you talk. And if you don’t know what to say, pretend you’re telling the story to a friend. Write it down.

No fancy scrapbook journaling techniques. No five-dollar vocab words. Just a conversation between you and the page.

Journaling done. Voila!

*This is the title of a a book by Joel Saltzman that I used to use when I taught writing. It’s a great way to ease into storytelling. If you’d like to know more, it’s available for $.01 from Amazon. :)

  • Lynnette

    a penny for your thoughts, huh?  Wow!  That is a bargain!  I think my fave part of scrapbooking is telling the story.  I just start telling and I’m so happy with the results.   I mostly hand write and just tell it from the heart.  I have to say, though, it wasn’t always this way.  I used to not journal at all or waste a lot of time formatting and printing on the computer.  Then last Oct. it all changed.  Met this cool lady who helped me look at journaling differently.  Thanks, cool lady ;)

  • Anonymous

    Aww, you are so sweet! So glad that my perspective has helped you. I love the stories. too. :)

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