After an impossibly long 9 months of 2020, September is finally here. And with September comes #NaturalWriterJournaling prompts.
As promised in my introduction post, I have 30 single-word journaling prompts for you, one for each day of the month. I want to challenge you each day to crack into a word, and look at it from every perspective. As a result, I have the following questions/prompts to spark your thinking with each of the daily words:
- Define the word in your own terms
- Generate as many synonyms as possible surrounding this word.
Feel free to expand your definition based on the words you generate.
- How is this word used culturally vs. socially?
For example, the word “man” literally means an individual identifying as a grown male. However, culturally we use the term “man” to mean “mankind/evolved humans.” Socially we might mean it be “the man” as in those in control of the system, or “man” as a casual generic term of direction at the start of a sentence, usually to make a point of notation. For example, “Man, the band last night was amazing!” Similarly used as “dude,” “oh boy,” “Oh my god,” etc.
- What are the historical uses of the word?
There are so many examples of words changing definition over time—most recently, the word “literally” which now is also known to mean “figuratively” (ironically).
- How do you feel about this word/how does this word influence you?
That is, what emotions or memories does this word bring up for you?
- How can it be used spiritually and/or metaphorically?
I say “spiritually” to mean that which applies to the non-physical and outside general daily conceptual use.
- What are the creative different ways this word can be used?
- If you feel inspired, use this word as a creative writing prompt.
Have fun with these words and get creative! We are wordsmiths! Words and their definitions are what we use to build worlds, break hearts, and restore harmony.
Here are the 30 words of September:
|1. Light bulb||11. Power||21. Diamond|
|2. Peanut||12. Branch||22. Dark|
|3. Integrity||13. Coin||23. Prolific|
|4. Word||14. Elastic||24. Green|
|5. Spark||15. Survival||25. Azure|
|6. Freedom||16. Red||26. Feel|
|7. Time||17. Justice||27. Loyal|
|8. Unit||18. Rising||28. Art|
|9. Heart||19. Dependent||29. Gate-Keeper|
|10. Ice||20. Grow||30. Belonging|
While you go through these words, don’t be afraid to break out a dictionary (or several! Look at the difference between British dictionaries and American dictionaries), rhyming dictionaries, and thesauruses (I do strongly recommend WordHippo, which can be fun to play around with). Sometimes finding words that are similar to other words can help you to create a deeper understanding of it.
The key take-away? Have fun! Play with these words, and also, see what it unlocks within you.
Also, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram: @NaturalWriterCoaching for daily posts with the 1-words prompts and reminders of the journaling questions.
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