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Dialogue – Another Tool for the Journal Writer

Here’s a great blog post from ‘Writing On The Pages of Life’ about writing dialogue in journal writing….

Writing on the Pages of Life

Whenever you get stuck in your monologue, open your mind to dialogue.

                                                                 -Christina Baldwin

It’s one of the most important tools in journal writing, but one I always forget to use: Dialogue. It’s a tool that’s most helpful when one is stumped, or when you are dogged by a persistent issue in your life. But you can use it anytime and for anything. Christina Baldwin in her book Life’s Companion, Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest, says that “Dialogue is the most versatile tool of journal writing.” According to Baldwin, when we write in monologue, we may just go around the issue.  “Dialogue gets to the heart of the matter,” says Baldwin.

To use dialogue in journal…

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Here Are Some People to Inspire You to Write

If you need some inspiration to help limber up your writing muscles, here is a great post from ‘Live to Write – Write to Live’ with some people to inspire you!

Live to Write - Write to Live

We’re nearing the end of National Novel Writing Month and entering the season of giving thanks, so I thought I’d share a few presentations by writers to inspire you.

These are TED Talks – short (~20 minutes) inspirational talks you can find on YouTube for just about any topic you’d like.

Writing books: Elizabeth Gilbert – your elusive creative genius (author of Eat, Pray, Love)

We’re all creative.


Storytelling: Andrew Stanton – clues to a great story (Filmmaker – Toy Story, WALL-E)

Greatest story commandment is “make me care.”


 Poetry: Billy Collins – Everyday moments, caught in time (former U.S. Poet Laureate)

Bugs Bunny is his muse. <smile>

From poem &quot;Budapest&quot; From poem “Budapest”

Storytelling (~4 minutes): Joe Sabia – the technology of storytelling

You’ll remember the name Lothar Meggendorfer after this video.


Enjoy the videos! I hope they inspire.

Have a great week!

LisaJJackson_2014Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor…

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Monday Motivation!


We have found 12 great nature writing prompts to inspire you posted by Melissa Donovan at Writing Forward:

“Creative writing prompts are excellent tools for writers who are feeling uninspired or who simply want to tackle a new writing challenge. Today’s creative writing prompts focus on nature.

For centuries, writers have been composing poems that celebrate nature, stories that explore it, and essays that analyze it.

Nature is a huge source of inspiration for all creative people. You can find it heavily featured in film, television, art, and music.”

Click here to read the 12 prompts! 

We’d love to read what you write – so please submit to the Open Age Word Wise blog if you would like to share your work!

Hello World!

Welcome to our Blog! This is our very first post here on the Open Age Creative Writing Blog! We are looking forward to sharing the work of our members, inspiring others, and being inspired!

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