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Poet Offers Journal Jotting Tips
In Response To: Tell us about Journals ()

Poet, teacher offers tips for successful journal jottings.

Santa Barbara News Press Staff Reports

Sojourner K. Rolle, a poet and teacher of creative writing, recommends the following steps for getting yourself, or your children, into journal writing:

1. Purchase a blank book or find one you may already have around the house., Bookstores and office supply stores have a wide selection. Books come with interesting cover designs or plain, lined or unlined. Rolle uses an unlined sketch book with acid free paper.

2. Pick a date and start. A way to begin is to state your intention for keeping a journal.

3. Write every day or every few days, or whenever something occurs that you want to remember.

4. To develop the habit of regular journal writing, and do it at the same time every day. Some journal keepers write early in the morning, some write just before bedtime.

5. Address your writing to a secret or imaginary friend or to a significant other, if you wish.

6. Add visual images to your pages. You can make sketches of people, places and interesting things or use photographs or clippings.

7. Observe life around you. Your writing could someday serve history.

8. Write your own opinion about national and world events. Your perspective is unique.

9. Keep your journal with you at all times or leave it in a discreet, place in your home. Store your completed journals for posterity. They become more precious as the years go by,

10. Be honest. Write what's on your mind.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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