“I never know what to write in my journaling” I hear this statement a lot yet I seem to always have the opposite problem of too much to say. This is a little blog post about how I go about my Project Life journalling and may explain why I always seem to have a lot of writing in my pages.
- OK so, a picture does say a thousand words
- AND sure, some of us are more ‘wordy’ than others
- AND sometimes a single word with a photo is enough to convey the whole story but ,
how do you get a whole paragraph or even two out? Here it is put simply.
“Tell The Story The Picture Did Not”
First of all ask yourself some easy questions:
- WHY did you take that picture?
- WHERE did you take that picture?
- WHO were you with when you took that picture or WHO is in it?
- WHEN did you take that picture?
If your picture actually gives the answers to some of these simple questions no need to repeat it in words.
Take this picture for example.
Here we have 2 of my kids April & Calvin (WHO). Clearly they are at or near school you can tell by the uniform & other kids around them (WHERE), we even get the school name from the hats! Terrific. What we don’t know from this picture is “WHY” this picture was taken or “WHEN”. So to me that gives the title. “First day of school 2013”. That was easy right?
So what is the story that this picture doesn’t tell?
This often comes down to
- EMOTIONS / FEELINGS
- the JOURNEY that got you to take this picture
- & the human SENSES
If I stick with the same picture then the journaling may be about how my kids or I felt on this day. (EMOTION) Talk about whether they were they happy, sad, anxious or, write a note to the subject about how you felt about this day or event. You may want to focus on it from your subjects perspective or your own up to you but be honest, we are documenting not writing a best seller.
How did you get to this point of taking this picture? (this may be physically or metaphorically)…. This was my kids first day at a new school so I may talk about why we changed schools (JOURNEY).
What was going on around you that you can’t see in the picture? Here you rely on your SENSES. Sight, Sound, thouch, smell & taste. (not all apply every time of course) but, I can tell you that despite this picture seeming quite serene it was VERY noisy and the area was filled with squealing and excited kids running around, chasing each other yelling each others name from across the yard. It had also been raining and you could smell freshly cut wet grass. You can’t actually see that in the picture but it can easily help build your story.
And that’s about it really! Next time you are stuck for what to write ask yourself these simple questions and before you know it you’ll have more to say than you have space to write! (like me)
I am no writing expert by any means. This is how I go about it when I want to write a little more. I hope you found it helpful.
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