One Sentence a Day

In November 2013 I was perusing a cute boutique-type store in the mall, in search of a cute clutch for my best friend’s wedding, when I came across this book:

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A sentence a day. What an interesting idea. In my opinion it cost too much for a fairly simple notebook, so I took a picture so I wouldn’t forget the idea and moved on with my life.

(And never actually found that clutch.)

At my friend’s rehearsal dinner, I was talking to her mom about being the mom of a baby and how busy it is. She told me that she had a planner (or maybe it was a calendar, I can’t remember) that she would use to write something cute the kids did that day. She would just use a few keywords like, “scared of water hose in the dark” and that was enough to help her remember the story that went along with it.

We talked about how little time there is when being a mother of a young thing and how you want to remember every little moment but by the end of the day you’re way to tired to keep up with a journal. Hence her planner.

That reminded me of the sentence a day book. When I had originally seen it, I was thinking of writing a sentence a day in a creative writing stand point, which would still be fantastic. But what if I kept a journal that was just a sentence a day. How hard could that be?

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So when January 1, 2014 rolled around, I found an empty journal in one of my bookshelves and wrote a sentence to sum up the day. Just one.

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9 Writing tips, tricks and inspiration

If I’ve learned anything from my time at work since the school semester ended, it’s that whatever you truly want to do, is what you will end up doing. I really love to write. It is a perfect way for me to deal with my emotions and feel like I’m creating something beautiful. You can do so many things with words and I just love the endless possibilities.

During the school year I often tell myself, “If I had the time, I would write all the time. Poetry, short stories, maybe I could even write a book.” And yet, I’m sitting here at work with nothing to do since I don’t have any homework and what have I been doing for the past couple days?

I’ve been stumbling and finding useless things on stumbleupon.com, I’ve been pinning things I’ll never have time to make on pinterest.com, I’ve been stalking random people on facebook.com, and I have been feeling sorry about my weight and looking at pictures of girls who are skinnier than me on tumblr.com. (I’d also like to point out that I have been working on this post for over a week, a little at a time…proving my following point.)

Finally I realized that if I really wanted to be writing right now, that’s what I would be doing. Not wasting my time. I really think that the media has brainwashed me in more ways than one. Not only do I know have an unrealistic goal body type in my head, I also have developed the attention span of a gnat. I can’t force myself to sit down and write, something I used to do ALL the time.

Instead I flit from webpage to webpage spending approximately 30 seconds to one minute on each page. Consider now that I do that while I’m at work from 8-5. Can you even imagine how much random crap I have been looking at. All because my mind is moving too fast to focus on one thing for any given length of time. Maybe it’s time for a media fast.

And yet, here I am, writing a new blog post. I guess my desire to write did get the better of me just this once.

SO…to encourage myself to write more often, I have compiled a list of websites, quotes and short stories, as well as things that I want to write or make blog posts about in the VERY near future. Please, have a look.

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001 Need to write a love letter but sick of using the same old adjectives i.e. “You’re so awesome! I love your awesome smile and your awesome hair and your awesome personality! Thanks for just being so darn awesome!” Well then you need to find some synonyms here.

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