JOURNAL WORKSHOP Words, words, words

By | July 18, 2018

These are ideas for those participating in Journal Workshop, Millville Library, but if you are a journal writer any place and need ideas—help yourself.   These are ideas and topics I have gleaned over the years as a high school, teacher, then writing instructor and just fellow writer. When I know the source, I will quote it.

For Journal Workshop participants, choose one of these when that blank page stares at you.   Just start writing and see what happens.


“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”  Stephen King

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between the lightening bug and the lightning.”  Mark Twain

Words are the tools of a writer.  Playing with words improves your vocabulary, gives you more tools to work with and adds to your    The journal prompts are playing with words.

  1. Use a thesaurus or dictionary and randomly choose five words. Choose words you don’t usually use.  See how many ways you are able to effectively use all in a sentence.

2.  Choose three clichés form a list ( Google clichés and you will find many) Revise each cliché in five fresh sentences.

3.  Flip through a dictionary and 10 words you have never used and didn’t know the definition before looking these up.

Find ways to incorporate them in your conversations throughout the next few weeks.  Write about how that worked.