Writing: A Writer's
Today's Snack: Eat a heart-healthy snack today. How
about a crisp apple, a bowl of microwaved veggies, or a chicken sandwich on
high-fiber bread? Skim milk is a heart-healthy choice to go with.
notebook with your favorite color of pen
writer's heart is poured out onto the page, if the writer wants it to be. The
more you know your own "heart" - understand your feelings and ideas - the
better you will be able to express them and interact with your readers, as well
as to understand and write about the feelings and ideas of others.
you want to find out what you're thinking, you've got to have a way to transfer
your thoughts and feelings to somewhere outside your brain, that's "safe," and
doesn't take much time.
write in a journal every day, and gradually, your heart will reveal itself.
is not expensive: all you need is a spiral notebook, and once you fill that,
you'll need another one. But that's OK: journaling is much cheaper and better
for you than spending your time watching TV, playing video games or listening
to music. Plus, you'll have that huge supply of filled-up journals to look back
on and re-read some day.
whole idea of a journal is to be totally yourself. You can say whatever you
want to say about somebody without worrying that you'll hurt their feelings.
They'll never know!
can study your own emotions to find out if you're really TOTALLY mad at
someone, as you think you are, or just kind of bugged about something else and
taking it out on that person.
a great idea of how journaling can develop world-famous ideas, read the
journals in book form of these two famous people: Anne Frank and Charles Darwin.
is a great way to create a writing "inventory," or storehouse, of ideas,
phrases, emotions, insights that you can use later on as you write throughout
your school career and your adult life.
your journal to keep track of your life, explore your feelings, review your
memories in detail, write an angry letter to someone who hurt you but never
send it, mull over your dreams, express excitement over your plans, reveal
disappointments and triumphs.
random notes, drawings, record people's conversations, remember how you felt, try
to record people's accents, list cool-sounding words, and notice and collect
neat sounds that you might someday want to use in your writing.
up a secret code for certain names or places, in case somebody reads your
about your disappointments. You'll feel better!
and develop your sense of humor. Nobody's jokes fall flat when the comic's
audience is just one - the comic!
don't have to limit yourself to one journal in which you write everything. You
can have one about school, one about your friends, one for travel or vacations,
one for your passion such as music, and one to keep at your bedside for bedtime
prayers and recording your dreams as soon as you wake up.
or glue stuff in: a movie ticket, a postcard, a note, a newspaper or magazine
clipping, a picture, even something pretty you found on the ground . . . and write about it.
your dreams. Try to remember as many details as you can, and give
interpretation a shot, based on what is going on in your life at the same time.
can label your journals, and keep them for years and years. It is really fun to
look back on them, and see how your "writer's heart" developed.