SOL20202 4/52: Notebooking to Prime the Pump

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Today is a day for writing. I’m taking a class by Emily Whitman. There are eight students. Each week we bring pages and every other week you read to the group for feedback. I’ve been taking this class since last January It has been a tremendous help for me in staying focused.

Earlier in January, I joined the group #100daysofnotebooking. I am finding that it really helps to center me for the day. Monday and today, I did two pages for today’s writing. Priming the pump.

At this point in my revisions, my biggest barrier sometimes is what is in-between my ears. I can psych myself into not writing. I have really been working on giving myself permission to accomplish small steps.


The process of revising into multiple voices has created new possibilities from the original draft. I’ve moved things around and it has opened paths.

Today, when I finished the pages to turn in tomorrow, I’d created four new poems. (sometimes the original poems can be retro-fitted, yesterday wasn’t that time. It’s exciting and terrifying all at once. It’s uncharted waters for sure where I am pulling back and finding the wounds and heart.

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6 Responses to SOL20202 4/52: Notebooking to Prime the Pump

  1. I’m in this same spot… so easy to not write. I would love to find a class like you mention, but I can use your blog post to encourage me. Thanks so much!

  2. amyludwigvanderwater says:

    This is such an exciting post. I love seeing others’ process and progress, and the questions you ask yourself make me wonder about the characters and this story. How wonderful, too, to be taking a class with assignments and a teacher. So wise. Good luck in the uncharted waters. And I so hear you about convincing myself not to write at times. Why do we sabotage ourselves? (Loving THE LIVING EXPERIMENT podcast to help me with some of these habits. xx

  3. Ramona says:

    I am in awe – you’ve written a verse novel! I’ll be able to say, “She’s one of my blogger friends when it’s published.” Kudos for staying w/ the note booking. I started, but didn’t stick w/ it.

  4. Janet F. says:

    Love the notebooking idea and so need to do it on my own. This is helpful. Thanks, Jone.

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