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My purpose for Journaling and a piece of journaling advice

For me, journaling serves two purposes. First of all, I started keeping a journal as a way to get my deepest emotions out onto the page. This journal, along with music has helped me to overcome the pain of emotional and verbal abuse.

The second reason I journal is for brainstorming and dumping scenes when I revise my fiction. I don’t know if people would advise putting my feelings and my writing ideas and scenes in one Word document, but this is the way I do it. As for my favorite journaling book? As I’ve stated before, I use a Microsoft Word document which grows a little every day.

I have attempted to journal three times before, but these attempts never worked, because I was under the impression that I had to write in my journal every day and each entry had to have a date inserted at the beginning. As I started journaling about six months ago, I discovered that dating each entry was stressful to me. I always felt guilty, because I didn’t have anything to write on a given day. Therefore, I decided to make my entries more flexible. I have a section for negative feelings, one for positive thoughts, several brainstorming sections, sections I call scene dumps for each work in progress and so on.

When it comes to journaling, my advice to you is to find a system that works for you. Make sure you have a stress-free journaling experience, so that your journal will last for as long as you have something to write. Most of all, have fun with it!


Now enough about my journaling experience. Here are two links that I think you’ll find both helpful and enjoyable. One is an introduction to journaling, which features a writing prompt. The other one is a winter poem that the author wrote as a journaling example. Enjoy these posts and have a blessed Sunday afternoon.



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Writers who have Influenced Me, and why

As per the topic for this year’s Middle Georgia Indie Book festival, I would like to share with you the writers who have influenced my writing career thus far. However, I couldn’t pick just one author or writer in particular; therefore, I will list three writers and how they have become such an inspiration to me


The first is Lee Smith, who not only is a talented writer from the South, but she also edited the “New Stories of the South” 2001 edition. Her introduction where she talks about one of her writing students, not having anything to write about, was the fuel that ignited my creative writing fire. Although I dabbled in writing when I was in high school, it was after I read that anthology that I took my writing seriously. Since that time, I’ve made many mistakes, and learned a lot of dos and don’ts as I honed my craft and improved my writing skills.


The second of these authors is Karen Kingsbury. Her Life changing fiction helped me to draw closer to God, and her stories have inspired me. Part of my book entitled A Journey of Faith, A Stepping Stones Mystery was inspired by a scene, where the teenaged drunk driver was imprisoned for hitting a family and killing the little Christian Kids Theater actress. The scene where the protagonist visits the teen in jail and brings him closer to God, was the pivotal scene that inspired one of my scenes in my full-length novel.


The final author who was an inspiration to me, is Janette Oke. Ms. Oke has written several historical Christian romances that have touched my life, and she has also written several series that I have loved through the years. One series was especially inspirational to me, although I don’t remember the name of it, I do remember the scene that got my creative juices flowing. In this scene, one character is in the hospital, waiting to visit a family member who had been in a terrible accident. She meets one of the doctors, who shows her to a family waiting room, which is much more comfortable than the main waiting room on the first floor. As she waits, she hears an old familiar hymn on the radio. This scene was the inspiration for a scene I wrote, concerning Jason Miller, one of my characters in the book mentioned above. Although this particular scene wasn’t included in my book, I will include it or one similar to it in a future story


Although there’s not enough space to thank each writer and author that has supported and encouraged me on an individual basis, please note that your help is greatly appreciated.

Before I end this post however, I do have one brief question for you: What writers have influenced your writing career and why?

Blessings to you all, and happy writing.