An Idea for Your 2013 Writer’s Journal (No Point Tracking or Weigh-Ins)

by Barbara Westwood Diehl

An idea for a 2013 writer's journal that doesn't feel like a chore: Plan to read one poem, prose poem, or flash fiction piece every day. (Or maybe the first page of a story.) Only one. Doesn't sound intimidating, right? If it's a short poem, you might want to write it in your journal. Or type it into an online journal. (A simple Word doc will do.) Then jot down your observations, as well as your responses to that short work. No need to be wordy. This is just for you. Then pick out a few words that you could use as a future prompt for yourself, or write a note or two about ideas that this gives you for your own writing. That's all.

At the end of the year, you could end up with 365 poems or a mix of short works under your belt and 365 ideas for your own writing. Sweet. Here's a book of prose poems you could try: