This week has been filled with lots of words. Words of new adventures, healing, growth, celebrations, and frustrations. These words have been shared with friends, family, clients, & my dog! These words have been written, typed and scribbled down on notepads. It’s been my privilege and pleasure to share these words, my personal journal writing process, with the students in my latest e-course.
In last week’s blog article, I introduced you to some basic strategies to help you get started with journal writing. You were also invited to join me for a new e-course, Write Beginnings: 5 Tools & Techniques to Help You Get Started with Journal Writing. In case you missed it, you can find the article here. While the live version of the course has ended, you can still join us as a self-study student. Click here to learn more and to sign-up.
I thought it might be nice to give you a little peak into the course by introducing you to one of the journal writing techniques we explored this week. In today’s article I’m going to introduce you to Sentence Starters. Sentence Starters are one of the easiest techniques to use to get started with journal writing. Today, you will briefly learn about this technique and have an opportunity to practice using it.
How to Use Sentence Starters
Let’s get started by first, defining what a Sentence Starter is. A Sentence Starter is a writing prompt that provides you with the first few words or phrase of a sentence, that you are invited to finish. Sentence Starters can be completed with one word, a short phrase or a couple of sentences. This type of writing prompt is great because it helps you answer one of the first questions new journal writers often have; “What do I write about?”
This technique is great to use when you’re just starting out with journal writing. Because you are given words to start with, it can be a gentle way to help you connect with your own words. It’s a little bit like playing a game of “fill-in-the-blank”.
To use this technique, you simply need a few words or short phrase as a writing prompt. To focus your writing, it’s good to use one or several sentence starters that you might hear in the natural course of conversation on a particular topic. If it helps, you might also think about a question and then see how you can turn that question into a sentence starter. For example: “What do I want to wear today?” might become “Today I want to wear…”
Now it’s your turn! Click here to download this free worksheet so that you can practice using sentence starters.
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Do you have another technique that you like to use in your journal writing practice? If so I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.
If you enjoyed this exercise and would like to learn more about the practice of journal writing, I invite you to sign-up for Write Beginnings, which is now available as a free self-paced e-course.
Make sure you come back again next week, where I’ll be giving you a sneak peek into my art journaling process.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
P.S. Don’t forget to visit the classroom to learn more about Write Beginnings and to register. This FREE e-course is now available for self-study.