Thursday, August 1, 2013

five minute friday - story

Each week Lisa-Jo gives us a prompt and we write on it for five minutes. No editing or over thinking. Then we link up and encourage one another.  Ready to try? This week's prompt is story.

Go.

I bought spiral notebooks this week, as I do every end of July/early August.  The smell of paper, the way the pages flip through my fingers gives me a sort of high.

In my childhood home there was a small closet in the hallway that housed an ironing board, odds and ends, and school supplies including a big stack of notebooks.  Oh, how I loved when I was told I could get a brand new notebook.

Sometimes I wrote on the front "Private. Do not read. Stay out." Dotting my i's with hearts, of course. I recorded my hopes and dreams and all the drama an eleven year old can encounter. But mostly I wrote stories.  I believed them to be just as good as the Judy Blume and Ann M. Martin books I was devouring. They were about friends and family and everything I wanted my life to be like.

Somewhere along the way I think I have lost my love for writing a story. Not so much the love for it as much as I have become my own biggest critic. The delete button is much easier than crossing out ink from a blue Bic ink pen. I want to just tell stories and be just as impressed with them as I was at eleven.


Stop.

5 comments:

  1. And why not? I love the thought of the fresh smelling pages of a new notebook. It still provides a thrill!

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  2. As a grown up fan of notebooks, colored pens, and just about anything in the "office supply" category, I applaud. More new notebooks for everyone. Because then you can just write, and write, and write and just let it flow. Let it out. Tell your story. THAT is impressive! Have a blessed weekend!

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  3. It is so true! I miss just writing a story and having the creativity flow without thoughts of self criticism....oh well...

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  4. I loved getting school supplies too! All the colors of those notebooks! Write some stories!!! I feel like I am hearing YOU when I read your blog. Sometes people sound too rehearsed, but you don't. Love your pic, btw!

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  5. I loved getting school supplies too! All the colors of those notebooks! Write some stories!!! I feel like I am hearing YOU when I read your blog. Sometes people sound too rehearsed, but you don't. Love your pic, btw!

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