I've been away from my writing desk for quite some time! It was an intense summer and my blog writing took a back seat to the many other things that were pulling for my heart and attention. I did not step away from journaling in my daily notebook however because that is where much of my processing, planning, praying, and remembering takes place.
Playing with words has continued to entice me even though I couldn't sit down with my computer in my writing studio. This month, while on vacation, I found ways to keep them in front of me by doing some tiny writing assignments* on my Instagram feed. I really love when a photo challenge is offered there. These challenges gives me a daily word and I find a photo to share and then play with words to make it more meaningful to me and hopefully to my followers. The shortness keeps it fun. How do I pack a punch in just a short paragraph? I find that often the words just tumble out and fall together beautifully! Sometimes I go back to read them and savor how they sound together. That is a word geek at her best!
Here is an example. A few weeks ago we visited Yosemite National Park in California. Before embarking on our 5 hour hike, we stopped in front of a mountain view, got out of our car and walked into a meadow across the road so we could more easily take in the gigantic view. I took this picture:
The daily prompt was #present.
The prompt was #beauty.
So, even while being away from my more thoughtful writing, I have been able to use precise wording and quick thought to express my heart and feed my need to write.
So, Rachel. You asked me about ways to play with writing and this is one. Combining it with photos and followers who can like or comment gives a bit of accountability and a fun way to enjoy to the process. Tiny writings take the pressure off and enable us to relax with words and keep "mr. critic" from accusing us of not getting to our writing. Sometimes this is all we can do and of course it is always "good enough."
(*Thanks to Christine Squires from bookwifery.com for giving me a name for this kind of writing. You can visit her at https://www.bookwifery.com/blog/the-importance-of-tiny-writing-assignments to read how she gave herself tiny writing assignments during Hurricane Irma.)