One of the goals of Sort Your Story is to help you tell YOUR family’s story. Not just collect the photos and documents, but actually go beyond that and write what happened. To help you do this, from time to time we will provide book reviews on various writing guides. We’d love to hear from you on suggested books so we may all learn to better tell the stories of our ancestors.
A Writer’s Book of Days
Written by Judy Reeves
This book is an excellent place to start for those just getting into writing. It is not a guide as in a textbook, but a guide to help inspire you. To help you move beyond the critic in your head. To help you establish a time and place to write. And it offers many writing prompts and pieces of advice to get you motivated and keep you writing.
The book is broken out into months of the year as chapters. Within each chapter there are many writing prompts, one for each day of the month. Each chapter focuses on some aspect of writing, has inspirational quotes in the sidebars, and longer writing exercises at the end of the chapters. What’s great about these prompts is you can use them over and over and write something different each time. There is also NO rule that you have to go day by day. You can skip around the book and pull out prompts that speak to you at that moment you are ready to write. How great is that?!
There are no wrong ways to write. Simply select a journal or notebook you will enjoy writing in often. Choose a good pen or pencil, something that feels good in your hand and will flow easily across the page. Find a quiet place to write and figure out the best time of day for you to write. Once you have a writing schedule established, change it up once in a while. Go to a coffee shop or park to write. Sit in the art museum or just people watch at a restaurant. You never know where inspiration will strike!
One quote I enjoy is Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. — E.L. Doctorow
That’s true don’t you think?
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