Duck, Duck, Goose
An idea has been following me around like a duckling lately.
"GO AWAY," I tell it. "I AM NOT YOUR MOTHER."
But it sticks around, occasionally pecking at my ankle. And since it's shown such dedication, I can't help but let it in.
So here it is:
A free ebook.
365 things to blog about.
A prompt for every day.
I can base the prompts off past blog posts, interspersed with quotes from other writers on keeping a journal. Like that one I transcribed from David Sedaris' journals, or this lovely one by Virginia Woolf:
"What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk, or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art."
God knows Joan Didion must have plenty of good quotes about keeping a journal. I could find one for each week: 52 in all.
Each prompt could be a collage. (Too much? Maybe, but I love the idea of doing a little collage each day.)
Here's a prompt to start the whole thing off: DRAW SOMETHING. I even have supporting materials! I recently read a Poynter article about how a drawing practice can improve journalists' writing skills:
"Journalists spend a lot of time with analysis and logic. Drawing requires different mental muscles, she said, and offers a place to focus on a single task. ... And it's exactly the kind of mental-stretching she thought journalists needed."
Anyway. Just an idea.