Earlier this week, I posted about finding meaning in the everyday stories of our lives. I ended the post with this line:
So here’s to collecting the stories of our lives, finding the real meaning behind them, and helping students to do the same.
Then Terri asked this question (thanks for the comment):
Terri Quesinberry said:
What kinds of things will you be putting in the writer’s notebook to support this? I use a lot of stuff from Aimee Buckner and others, but am always looking for new and fresh ideas!
When I read Terri’s comment, I began thinking about the kinds of stories I collect from my ordinary life. Here is the list I developed (with links to past posts as an example):
- Stories that define the personality of the people around me — this is my number one type of entry.
- Lists of important places — I even have lists of favorite places of a favorite place! For example, one of my favorite places is my home, so I have a list of the favorite places in my home. I’ve noticed place has become an inspiration for many stories for me.
- Sad, traumatic, or difficult events — Recently our head custodian at school passed away. He was a friend of mine and I collected the story of his funeral on my personal blog.
- Funny or sweet or poignant things people say (mine primarily revolves around the words of a three, five, and seven year old). This blog is dedicated to collecting funny quips from students. (The author recently had a baby and is on maternity leave. She will not return until November, still the past posts are worth reading and this is one you may want to bookmark!)
- Stories inspired by photos — often when I write from a photo I remember things that were looooong forgotten.
- Connections between people or times — for instance both my husband and our five year old love to dress up in crazy costumes. This is something I document.
- Routines — then pushing to find meaning.
- Notes — to others and myself
- Milestones — birthdays, preschool graduations, starting a new school year.
- Gratitude Lists — all the things I’m thankful for
- Entries based on other writing
- Today You or Today I lists — I adore this prompt.
- My spiritual growth — many of my entries/posts are inspired by my Christian journey.
So the Living Like a Writer Challenge for this weekend is:
Collect some of the everyday stories from your weekend. Then take a minute to leave a comment with one of the entries you collected (or a partial entry). If you need a jumping off point, be inspired by the above list. In fact, you could make an entry right now in the comments section. I would suggest the Today I list or the Gratitude list. They only take minutes and they are powerful entries.
I’m looking forward to the inspiration that will fill up the comment section of our blog. Thanks, in advance, for taking the time to comment.
Unhurried. Finding the magic in the middle of living. Capturing a life of ridiculous grace + raw stories.