“When you write about a memory you begin to remember more fragments of your life; when you read it to others you remember even more.” ~ Patty Dann
I facilitated our Writing Alone Together Circle today, which is one of our monthly IAJW member events. I often pick a theme or a topic for our writing circles and today’s theme was “world in a word.”
This theme came to me through thinking about how journaling is all about language and words. We express ourselves using words and stories. Words themselves can open a whole world. I often think about this as I write. Last week I was on a camping trip and I was sitting by a river, I started writing about my love of rivers and that led me to writing about memories of a white water rafting trip I took many years ago.
A second inspiration for choosing this theme is a book I am currently reading entitled, The Butterfly Hours – Transforming Memories into Memoir – with prompts for uncovering your life stories by Patty Dann (Shambala, 2016). The book has lessons for writing memoir in it (and these lessons can be used by journal writers too). I love the titles of the lessons as they say so much in just a few words – for example, lesson 1 is Write Out of Love or Anger, lesson 2 is Steal from Yourself, lesson 6 – Time Away from the Computer Is as Important as Time at the Computer, lesson 10 – Be Bold, Be Bolder... and so forth.
In this book, Patty Dann teaches writers to use what she calls the “one word memory trigger.” It is as a simple as it sounds, pick a word, any word and then write the memories that this word sparks in you.
Through doing this, you will see that there is a whole world in a word.