September 2020 Journal Prompts Announcement

Journaling is an important part of the writing process. It’s how we empty our minds of what might be distracting us, and how we work through our blocks. It can also act as a way for us to generate ideas and work through them for new projects.

For September, I have created a daily writing prompt list for your journal. Each day there will be a different word for you to mull over and write about. However, this is more than just looking at this as a writing prompt.

Words are what we use. They are our medium. They are how we build words, create characters, project emotion into the reader. Words are what create and destroy projects, people, and civilizations. Words are powerful. We wield a mighty sword.

Thus, I want to bring forward some words each day to contemplate. Some are mundane and some might be obviously powerful. But all of them will have positive and negative sides. For these words, I’m also providing a set of questions for you to journal on revolving around the word. The questions won’t change, but are a challenge to really crack open the word and dig deep into it.

I want to really get your thoughts going regarding each daily word. So there will be a few questions to get your mind going.

  1. Define the word in your own terms
  2. Generate as many synonyms as possible surrounding this word.
    Feel free to expand your definition based on the words you generate.
  3. 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.
  4. What are the historical uses of the word?
    For example, historically “making love” would mean to say sweet things to another, in a form of showing love. Today, it’s a lighter, sweeter term of an emotionally-entangled sex.
  5. How do you feel about this word?
    That is, what emotions or memories does this word bring up for you?
  6. 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.
  7. What are the creative different ways this word can be used?
    There is a wonderful Bad Lip Reading video called “SEAGULLS! (Stop It Now)” of Yoda and Luke Skywalker, where Yoda is singing about being attacked by Seagulls (look it up, it is hilarious). One of the lines is “One day I was walking, and I found this big log. Then I rolled the log over and underneath was a tiny little stick. And I was like ‘that log had a child!’”
  8. If you feel inspired, use this word as a creative writing prompt.

Of course, you don’t have to answer all of these questions. However, the idea is that it generates you to think about these words differently and use them as an anchor of personal development, of diving deep into the self, as well as getting creative with how we use language in our writing.

The words will be posted each day on my Instagram Account, @NaturalWriterCoaching, and I’ll post the full chart with the month’s words on here as well. This is 30 days’ worth of journaling for you. I’m excited. I hope you are too!

Happy Writing!

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NatWriCoChallenge: Week 3

Hey friends. Just a reminder that through April and May of 2020, I am offering coaching sessions at a Pay What Feels Right for You rate. That means that you get a coaching session and you choose the price. Read all about this offer here.

Welcome to week 3 of the Natural Writer Coaching Challenge! Congratulations to those of you who have participated so far. I’m so pleased to see all your creative minds in action.

If you’re just joining the challenge, you can still participate. I just need to see 31 Instagram posts tagging me using @NaturalWriterCoaching and the hashtag #NatWriCoChallenge at the end of the month. You can read the details of the challenge and how you can win 2 FREE writing coaching sessions with me here.

Additional Challenge

Last week I posed an additional challenge for those of you who are just whizzing through these flash fiction prompts. This week, I have another challenge for you. You can use it however you want, whether it’s to combine with last week’s challenge or to use it on its own. It is up to you.

This week’s challenge is to use one of my favorite tools for generating creative and unique writing ideas: the third option.

You’ll hear me talk about this exercise a lot. I first learned about it through a writing competition put forth by Wonderbox Publishing a few years ago. I have loved it ever since.

When you look at your writing prompt, jot down the first idea that comes to you. Then cross it out. Write down the second idea that comes to you. Then cross it out. Write down the third idea that comes to you, and go with that.

The theory behind this is that usually the first two ideas are something we’ve already seen or heard, though we don’t realize it. By chucking the first two ideas, then we get closer to something we, ourselves, have generated.

If you choose to take on this challenge, feel free to share your first two ideas that you tossed away in your IG post. I’d love to hear them!

This Week’s Word Prompts

Each Friday in May, I’ll provide the daily work prompts for the follow week. If you’re playing catch up, you can read last week’s prompts here.

Friday, May 15: Bulb
Saturday, May 16: Singing Bowl
Sunday, May 17: Fresh
Monday, May 18: Seed
Tuesday, May 19: Starlight
Wednesday, May 20: Cornucopia
Thursday, May 21: Desert

I look forward to reading your pieces! Feel free to comment below to share your experience or ask any questions.

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NatWriCoChallenge: Win 2 FREE Coaching Sessions!

Hey friend! Don’t forget that through to the end of May 2020, I am offering Pay What Feels Right sessions. Send me a message or read all about it Here.

There are a lot of folks who are struggling to get a writing routine down. With all the stress from COVID-19 and everything that comes along with it, there’s a lot of pressure to produce, produce, produce with your time off.

You might be determined to hammer out 2000 words a day, or even just 500.

I find sometimes, when I’m struggling to crank the ol’ brain into creativity mode and focus on a WIP, writing something completely different gets those gears switched. So, I would like to help you. The incentive is the opportunity to win 2 free writing coaching sessions with me.

Natural Writer Coaching Challenge

The challenge is simple. Each day you will have a one-word writing prompt. With that writing prompt:

  1. Write a 250-500 word piece of flash fiction, being sure to meaningfully include the word prompt of that day.
  2. Post it in an Instagram post OR post it in a blog post and share that blog post on IG so I can access it.
  3. Tag me in your IG post with handle @NaturalWriterCoaching
  4. Use the hashtag #NatWriCoChallenge

That’s it.

I do need to be tagged in the post, and the hashtag needs to be used. And I need some access to see your writing piece.

If you post all 31 days, you will be entered into a drawing on June 1st with the potential to win 2 FREE Writing Coaching sessions with me. I will also draw two extra names for 1 1-hour coaching session.

May 1: Light
May 2: Green
May 3: Mosquito
May 4: Bottle
May 5: Gingerly
May 6: Headache
May 7: Flight
May 8: Radiance
May 9: Circle
May 10: Guidance
May 11: Empty
May 12: Prophetic
May 13: Indulging
May 14: Question
May 15: Bulb
May 16: Singing Bowl
May 17: Fresh
May 18: Seed
May 19: Starlight
May 20: Cornucopia
May 21: Desert
May 22: Right
May 23: Long
May 24: Deer
May 25: Unison
May 26: Hole
May 27: Decision
May 28: Rook
May 29: Tambourine
May 30: Balance
May 31: Join

Important

I am not going to be selecting writers on whether or not I think your writing is good, or if your story is satisfactory. Nor am I going to select anyone based on how good their image is. This is going to be purely randomized.

The goal of this is to provide a daily writing exercise. For me, personally, it’s also to see people writing every day and challenging their creative minds.

Your Homework

Your homework is quite simple. And I’m sure You’ve guessed it by now. Participate in this challenge! Starting May 1st get to writing.

And, bonus, though not extra credit, follow me on Instagram Here for other writing and journal prompts.

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Are you thinking about working with me, but just aren’t entirely sure? Fill out the form, schedule a call, let’s talk. This is a no-pressure, non-sales-pitch call, where we talk about you and your writing, and whether or not you want to work with me. Let’s chat!