Journal Writing Prompt #2


Hello again. Week 2 is here. Did you make an attempt at that list? And did anyone besides Viv, jump out in front and add more than casual notes to any of the beginnings you were asked to write about? This prompt, again, is going to be two-fold. The first part of the prompt is to go back over your list and choose one of those items to flesh out. In other words, add details and descriptions to that item. When, where, who, why and what, type details.

Be as specific as you can be. Spend some time with all of it. And then write about any emotional response you had back then, and are having as you write about it. One of the important questions to be addressed here is what did you learn from the experience? And you did learn things.

That is one of the most important elements in beginning anything. Beginnings call for change and change means both increase and letting go. And it is there, within that process that we discover what is of value to our own person and what might not be so very important. And again, write in whatever form or structure appeals to you.

For those of you who might have already done that with something on the list, do another one, one that might not be so eager to have its day in the sunlight. Try fleshing it out as suggested above and see what writing about it brings into your awareness. If you find something you wish to share, come back and by all means do just that, either in the comments section, or on your own blog. Questions and points of discussion are welcome and I thought they were very relevant this past week.

During the coming week, I plan on putting up two more sidebar pages. One with suggestions for further reading, and another for quotes about writing. If you have something you would like to add to those lists, please send them to me at my email address:  and I will make every effort to add them.

The second part of the prompt is to begin another list. This one is about all the things you have ever been curious about or interested in. This is no more than a list, so it needs no more than a word or two in definition. After finishing the list, divide it into sections: Hot, which means you are still very interested; Warm because although of interest it isn’t a driving force; Cool which would pertain to a semi-interest that has no major pull at this time; and No Longer interested. You do not have to use these particular labels, choose ones that you prefer if you like. Just jot it all down and put each one into one of the sections. We will be using them later.

Hope you are enjoying yourself, and have fun.


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7 Responses to Journal Writing Prompt #2

  1. vivinfrance says:

    Prompt Part 1.

    Developed from my freewrite the other day.


  2. 1sojournal says:

    Just went and read it Viv. Wonderful and so full of details. I agree, the hat sounds rather awful. But what an adventure that must have seemed. Thanks for bringing it to us, and hope you continue to enjoy the process,



  3. vivinfrance says:

    I’m glad you liked it, Elizabeth – I really enjoyed writing it. And while in the mood, I put together a 2500 word piece for a competition about service people, or those who have been affected by them. I used extracts from my war memoir, and rounded it off with a new 750 words about the Return of the Hero. Here’s hoping.


  4. vivinfrance says:

    PS The competition is for stories and poems, and (coincidence)is run by Kingston-upon-Thames University – the university very very near to where the whole story took place!


    • 1sojournal says:

      Got my fingers crossed for you. And glad you have found possible homes for some of your memoirs. That is exciting. I am always surprised when something in my journal inspires other writing that touches people. I know that’s the way it’s supposed to be, but still, I am surprised. That child in me, I guess.



  5. vivinfrance says:

    Part II: I’ve been assiduously writing lists of my various interests, but have done nothing with them until I see what you want. At the moment, the lists look like disjointed poetry!


    • 1sojournal says:

      And maybe that’s exactly what they will become: poetry. At least, steps in that direction. We shall see. Am glad you are checking in here. I’d wonder if anyone was listening, otherwise. Numbers on the stats say that they are, but comments mean more somehow. Thanks Viv,



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