Sunday, June 03, 2007
The Little Picture
I've been writing this weekend, but not in the way you might think. Instead of a book, I've been working on a booklet. I've been creating a booklet about Scotland to leave with my daughter.
It details what we'll be doing each day, has instructions for some Scottish kids crafts, and includes pictures, some of which she helped me find on the Internet. She really enjoyed cruising websites of interactive castles and searching for pictures of Nessie. I had fun talking with her about my trip, and hopefully making her feel more comfortable with where Mommy will be when she goes away. I've found it rewarding, relaxing and inspiring to create this little thing that wouldn't amount to a hill of beans in the publishing world, but will mean a great deal to my child. I hope it will create almost as many memories for her as I'll have from the actual trip, and something for us to talk about when I return home.
Many of us tend to think of writing in the book format, but we use writing in all kinds of ways. And writers love to use their skills with variety and creativity. Trust me, the many different ways this group can put together To Do lists is astounding. Just scanning the various formats of our packing lists for Scotland has been eye-opening. :)
Other than novels, we write lots of different things. Playground Monitor and I are published in short fiction (she's the queen of this!). All of us have published non-fiction articles. On June 6, when we visit Romance by the Blog, we'll talk about how we each utilize writing in our day jobs.
And don't get me started on journaling... Those of you who have heard me talk about it before know I consider it to be a sort of therapy.
So what is the most favorite thing you've ever written? Not for publication, but just from the heart. A short story in school? A letter to your loved one? A poem? A journal? Inspire me today with your tales...