On January 1, I started a Joy Jar. I keep a small pack of sticky notes with me throughout the day, and when anything arises that makes me smile or makes me happy (you know, those moments we typically experience at the moment, but then promptly discard), I write that moment onto a sticky note and place the note in the jar. When I have a rainy "mind" day, I can dip into the jar and remember happy moments I've experienced thus far. Doing so may hopefully put me in a better frame of mind.
My Joy Jar
I received these years ago, and now have a perfect use for them!
All throughout the day, we see things that we think, That might make for a good story idea or project, but half the time we don't write them down. And when we do write them down, it's usually on a smartphone or tablet. I like the idea of a pen in the hand and a pen on paper. I've found myself returning to paper; I don't know. I guess it makes the writing process feel a bit more organic for me. You can, of course, create a digital Idea Jar, but I think the process of finding the perfect jar, breaking out markers to create a design on said jar, and buying nice sticky notes and a great idea pen would make for a rather fun endeavor.
Whether digital or in a physical jar, the Idea Jar can do several positive things for you as a writer.
It can make you cognizant of your life as a writer and thus see the world as a writer. So many of us get caught up in our daily activities and miss those moments that might spark a great story. Knowing that you have this Idea Jar can make you more aware of finding ideas in your everyday life.
Once you start collecting ideas for the jar, you'll have a nice arsenal of ideas to dip into when you're in between writing projects. Maybe you're taking a short break from writing the next novel, but you want to keep the writing muscles nice and warm. You can pick a note from the jar, set the alarm for 15 minutes, and do writing sprints for a quick creative workout.
You can also use the Idea Jar during those brutal moments of writer's block. If you're working on a project and find yourself stalled, then you can look to the Idea Jar to take a break from your current story yet still keep yourself in writing mode.
Who knows? In the short term, having an Idea Jar can keep you writing. However, in the long term, an idea from the jar can become a wonderful project to turn into a novel!
What writing resolutions have YOU made?
|Shon Bacon is an author, editor, and educator, whose biggest joys are writing and helping others develop their craft. She has published both creatively and academically and interviews women writers on her popular blog ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING. You can learn more about Shon's writings at her official website, and you can get information about her editorial services and online programs at CLG Entertainment.|