I have a shameful confession to make for a writer: I do not keep a personal journal. I do use a note book as part of my writing process, but just like a sculptor sweeps up the dust and chunks carved away from the work in progress, I throw away my notes once I have a draft assembled. Journaling has never been anything more than an academic practice for me, a means to an end.
Lavina Spalding has changed the way I look at journaling. In her book, I think what I loved most about Lavinia Spalding and her creative suggestions, was how much she sounded like my dear friend, Melinda-Eliza. Eliza is a fearlessly creative woman whom I met as a writer. I quickly discovered she is a multi-medium artist. She writes, paints, does texture-work, takes visionary photographs, and is a generous teacher. I saw my friend’s fearless creativity is in Lavinia’s journal suggestions.
I’m going to make you proud, Eliza. I’m going to start keeping a creative journal every trip I take, starting now. Time to go shopping for a journal!
(Writing Away cover art is from Amazon and the pic of me writing away was taken by a fellow wanderer that crossed my path in Key West. We didn’t exchange names.)