Do you keep a journal – or wish you could get one started? Literary Mama wants to help.
Three times a month, I’ll post a writing prompt. Open a notebook and write for 10 minutes. Don’t worry about grammar or punctuation – just write. Then let the writing simmer and your mind wander for awhile.
And who knows? Maybe you’ll discover a character for your next short story or a theme for a narrative essay. Or maybe you’ll use the idea to create a special holiday card or photo album for someone in your family. However you decide to use your journal entry, I know you’ll enjoy re-reading it months--and years--down the road.
No specific writing prompt today. Instead, grab a LARGE sheet of paper and a set of colored pencils, crayons, or markers. I’ve seen this technique referred to as the Bubbles Method, as Clustering, Mind Mapping, and as a Spider Diagram -- I’m sure you’ve read about it too.
- First, think of a topic –Think BIG.
- Write your topic word in the middle of the paper and draw a circle around it.
- Draw five to seven to ten lines or spokes out from the circle. It’ll look like a sun.
- Attach a word or phrase to each spoke that is related to, or that you can connect with, your topic word and draw a circle around each one. Don’t censor yourself and for fun, use different colors.
- Repeat for each bubble/cluster/spider leg until you’re out of space.
Here’s one I drew more than 12 years ago. It helped me organize my response to a simple question posed by my three-year old daughter.
A special note about our For Your Journal writing prompts:
Beginning next month, our two new blog editors will be contributing to this series. In April, you’ll meet Alizabeth Rasmussen and in May, Amanda Jaros. Do YOU have a journaling topic or writing prompt you’d like to suggest? Send an email to lmblogcontacteditor (at) literarymama (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you!