I’ve written before (over at womensmemoirs.com) about using music to set the mood while writing. Yesterday’s blog post by Sharon Lippincott, “The Power of Song,” is a great example of how music can pull memories from the past into the present. Sharon’s experience resonated deeply with me; listening to “Hey Jude” by The Beatles still — all these years later — puts me right back onto the barstool at the Orange Julius across from my school, where I sat in a particularly teenage girl kind of nostalgic funk. Sharon’s journaling/memoir writing prompt, at the end of her post is a good one. So be sure to check it out.
Speaking of writing and memories (memory an endlessly fascinating topic), it’s important to use all of our senses, including music, to unlock childhood memories.
If you love to journal and you’re hungry for more than the weekly journaling prompts here at WritingThroughLife.com, Melissa Donovan offers a ton of prompts on her site, Writing Forward.
Ever wonder about other writers’ writing processes? I never tire of reading about them — maybe because they’re all so different, as individual as the writers themselves. The Writer Mag online offers an entire series of “How I Write” articles to satisfy your voyeuristic curiosity.
Do you have a blog about journaling or writing you’d like me to highlight on a future Blogtalk post? Send me a link via my contact form, and I’ll check it out.