Not surprisingly, I've been talking to people about PROMPT CLUB a lot lately.
"But I'm not a writer," they say. "Sure you are," I reply.
"How will it help me?" they ask. "For me, the knowledge that I've done something for myself each day has helped me become a better wife, friend, daughter, sibling and business person," I respond.
"Isn't journaling kind of woo-woo?" they inquire, usually with a sheepish grin. "It doesn't have to be," I insist, rambling on about the scientific studies that note the benefits of a journaling practice.
Here's the deal: You don't have to write for a living, be a certain type of person or love the self-help section of the bookstore to benefit from journaling. Writing isn't a practice reserved for someone else. We all get to participate, if we choose to do so. In my opinion, writing is one of the least expensive forms of entertainment, therapy and play ever invented. It's just that sometimes we need a reminder. A gentle nudge. A permission slip.
Permission granted, my friends.
So for those looking to participate, I thought I'd offer up a few things PROMPT CLUB students can expect from the course:
THE EFFORT REQUIRED:
All I'm asking for in this course is five minutes each day. You may really enjoy writing from one prompt and then hate writing from the next. That's okay. Not all of the prompts will get the creativity flowing for you, but the simple act of grabbing a pen and paper (or keyboard and screen—writer's choice!) and sitting down for a few minutes will create habit. And guess what? If after five minutes you only end up with "I hate this prompt!" written on the page, you've still written four words more than when you started. I call that a win.
The prompts offered in each email will be short and open to interpretation. The prompts will be so open, in fact, that they'll be usable regardless of the "why" behind your journaling practice. If you're writing a novel and need a little push in the character development department—the prompts will help. If you're working through life's tougher moments (both past and present, because let's face it: we've all been there), the prompts are the perfect jumping off point. If you're hoping to find your public storytelling voice, I urge you to use the prompts as an exercise in first sorting through your story in private.
This course has very little to do with writing well. It may seem strange, but I have no interest in critiquing writing styles or correcting grammar in the course. Why? Because it would defeat the purpose. There will be no virtual instructor at the front of the class telling you to revise your prose or reconsider word choices. No one will judge you for skipping a day or for opting out of a prompt. You will, however, gain a group of fellow journaling friends who—though they may journal for different reasons—are in the thick of it right alongside you.
If you're up for the challenge, I'd love to see you all in class. Remember, PROMPT CLUB registration is open through March 20th, but the introductory registration rate of $59 ends at 11:59 p.m. on February 28th.
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