Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman





Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sleepless Night

During my last night of the trip when I stayed at the hotel in Panguitch, Utah I couldn't sleep. This isn't unusual but more stressful when I know I have a full day of driving the next day.

One thing that helps is to doodle so I pulled out my composition book of ideas and started doodling. The doodling became ideas for a September Challenge of memoir writing. I wrote all kinds of thoughts and ideas:



As I thought about this on the last day of driving and ever since I wondered if I should do this in October, but no, it won't leave me alone so I'm going to do this project starting September 4.

The main thing about this project is it involves YOU. I want to help others develop the habit of writing, help you get your memories down on paper, and have fun.

Are you going to join me? The first step is to get or roundup some supplies. We will be working in a Composition book which are still on sale at some stores for .50. While you are there in the back-to-school section pick up a few other things that catch your eye. A pencil bag, sticky notes, pens, highlighters, a glue stick, index cards. These are the main things we will be using. However, stickers, colored pencils, and other fun things can be added.

 
 
Part of the theory behind this is that if we have fun things to write with our childhood memories will have a better chance to come to the surface.
 
What the challenge will involve:
 
Writing. Every day.
To fill a composition book during the month of September.
Prompts to write from and ways to save the memories and thoughts that those prompts bring to the surface for future writing. I will also be putting in things for you to think about and ideas of the importance of journaling.
 
I will be putting weekly prompts up, besides the ones I already do with "Remember When" on Tuesdays.
 
Why? I'm a genealogist and am convinced we need to write down our memories to be handed down to future generations. We also need to save the stories we have heard. The side advantage of this is learning about ourselves and how to deal with some of those memories and thoughts. Journaling has been proven to be beneficial for people dealing with depression, lack of interest, past issues and all other aspects of psychology.
 
I'm still wrapping my head around all the things that came to mind during that brainstorming session in my hotel room. This will be a learning experience for me too.
 
So tell your friends. Get your composition book and other school items.
It's time to do some homework like you've never done before.

11 comments:

  1. Cool Rita!! I want to play! I loved when you used to do Tuesdays with Rita in our group. I wish i had written those memories down instead of just sharing them in the yahoo group.

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    1. Janet, You are one of the main forces behind my ideas for doing this. I'm so glad you are getting involved.
      Hugs

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  2. Hi Rita, I'm considering. I already have a daily writing practice, but a memoir might be added without to much fuss...Lori de Froup aka Lori W at Art Camp for Women

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    1. Lori, I hope you will do this just to get some of the techniques in mind. It really doesn't take long to do a couple of pages in a comp. book.
      Hugs.

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  3. Well I went and got my composition book. Find I have trouble following directions - too big a brat. Also find I have a hesitation about putting this much into a cheap composition book. I'm going for it

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    1. One reason I chose comp. books is because some people can't write in a "good" book. Also this is just freewriting. It's going to be messy and full of Jots and such. A working journal. Feel free to use whatever you want but I think the comp books work well for this type of freewriting and also being able to do the other things we will be doing along the way.

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  4. Rita, I would like to write along and was looking for an RSS feed link so the prompts would arrive in my inbox but do not find an RSS. Do you have an RSS link?

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    1. I'm afraid I don't have much computer savvy and really nead to update my blog. Sorry I'm not up with the times.

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    2. No problem. I found a way to get your posts to come to my inbox in a faux RSS feed. While not as clean as a true RSS it works.

      I have not started my journaling yet because I cannot put my heart into a comp book. I am waiting for a hardback journal i ordered. I will still work through all the prompts, but i will probably double up on several days to start with.

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  5. Oh, missed this Rita. You have such great ideas! Do you have like a retro list of the prompts somewhere I could print out and paste in the front of a notebook so they would be handy at anytime, any place?

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    1. Sorry Carol,
      I don't have a list. I started at one point to make one and then decided that I want people to read the hints-and-tips, too. I hope you will be able to join us. Some of the journalers are writing them out and putting them in the pocket in the back of their journal. (There's one of those hints.) Lol

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