Jan 16, 2015
*Digging through purse* “Mint gum, letter from a friend, receipt, wallet, chapstick, picture little brother drew for me... Aha! There it is! My writing journal! It’s a good thing I found it. That idea was disappearing fast.
Hi! I’m Eliza. I am fifteen years old. I am a Christian. And... I enjoy writing. I'm not published yet, but that’s one of my goals for this year. In this article I will be talking about inspiration.
One of my main writing tools is a journal. I make sure I have one with me almost everywhere I go. I use it to catch ideas for stories, characters and settings, and sometimes even random sentences or words before they disappear.
I admit that not everything I put into this journal is worthy of a story or book. But it does help to have a few ideas for those times when I’m stuck and not sure what to write.
Do you ever get one of those sudden urges to write a mystery book when you’re riding in the car on a foggy day? Do you ever see that it’s raining outside and decide that your book needs a chapter where your characters dance and sing in the rain? Are you ever with a friend and just enjoy being with them so much that you realize that is what your main character has been missing all along... a close friend? Do you ever see three police cars at a gas station and automatically come up with an idea of what might have happened?
Take advantage of all of those wonderful ideas and maybe some of those not so wonderful ones too. Write them down in your journal. You’ll find it is extremely helpful. Sometimes it’s funny to go back and read your ideas a few days later. I’ve noticed that the ones I wrote down around midnight hardly even make sense sometimes. When I’m kind of bored or not sure what to do, I’ll pull out my journal and write down the first sentence that comes to mind. Sometimes the sentence is humorous, other times it's very dramatic or full of emotion.
One evening, my neighbor and my dad were sitting in lawn chairs in the front yard. I’m not sure what started it, but they began coming up with all sorts of phrases with the same meaning. They were sayings such as, “one wrench short of a tool box”, “one taco short of a combo”, and “lost a few marbles”. You get what I mean. Basically, they were coming up with creative ways to say that someone is slightly insane. I immediately ran inside to get my journal and write them all down. So far, I haven’t found a good time to use them in a story, but I’m sure I will.
Overall, I would say that my writing journal is one of my most important writing tools.
I hope I have inspired you, at least a little bit, to write down more of your ideas. I’ll leave you with this quote by Maya Angelou:
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”