I’ve recently learned of something called a “Sentence a day” journal, from http://thechailatte.wordpress.com/ . Each day there are prompts or questions that give the writer a jumping off point for that day’s entry. Having checked it out online, there seem to be two versions. One has the journalist writing only one succinct sentence, a few words that summarize the day. The other version is the aforemention, where the question or statement is the one sentence.
In either case, one is not limited to only writing one sentence. It seems to be a very handy guide to helping someone focus on a topic, but doesn’t in any way limit that person. I found a site that has a guide to this journal at http://debbiehodge.com/2012/06/keep-5-year-journal-july-prompts/.
Being a rabid journalist myself, I decided to take a stab at it, and I have to say, it’s an eye-opening experience! Under normal circumstances when I write my journal I tend to ramble when all my thought come rushing out. Now there’s nothing wrong with a run-on writing; sometimes the feelings don’t have time for sentence structure and grammar rules. It’s coming out and it’s coming out now! But there are other times when you just want to make a note of what’s happened but don’t really know how. Even if the prompt is not exactly connected to your day’s events, it’s a jumping off point, and you can take it in any direction you want.
I’m already looking forward to tomorrow’s sentence….