Observations in October – 2018 – #31Things – Write

Today’s 31 Things is “Write.”

I may be a paper crafter and spend my time making cards and scrapbook albums but I started out my artistic endeavors as a writer.  I made newspapers for my family when they went on vacation so that they could keep up on the news when they returned.  Slight exaggeration in some of the stories but it wasn’t fake news!

I used to watch my sister’s children when she and her husband went on vacation and they brought me back a blank book from a trip they took to Carmel.  I did write some things in it but there are still a lot of blank pages.    

When I was in high school I wrote a mystery story and got an A on it.

Since the teacher thought it was suspenseful, I sent a more detailed version of the story to Redbook as part of their Young Writer’s Contest but unfortunately it didn’t win. 

I put away my writing after that until after I was married and the kids were born.  Then I wrote a little story using stickers and the names of their friends.

It was interesting and amusing to go back and read these old things.  I have kept them all these years in a folder.  There is another story there that is handwritten and over 100 pages!  Some silly story about girls and their boyfriends.  Definitely was a fictional story since I never had boyfriends in high school!
Now I get my writing fix with this blog.  I knew there was a reason I was doing it.  Who knows, maybe someday I’ll give writing another try.  How about you?  What do you write about?   

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14 Responses to Observations in October – 2018 – #31Things – Write

  1. joey says:

    I write on whims.
    Your sticker stories remind me of when I taught kindergarten though. After nap on Friday I’d have each child take a turn and dictate me a story and they were WILDLY fascinating πŸ™‚ Good memories. Lots of laughs for the parents, too.

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  2. ghostmmnc says:

    How wonderful to still have your earlier writing! I have some of mine, but not all, and wish I’d kept them.
    The newspaper was a a great idea! πŸ™‚

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  3. Shelley says:

    So fun – I love that you kept those documents to rekindle your writing thoughts!

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  4. Janet,

    I think it’s wonderful that you kept all of the newsletters and other writings. You’re so creative and I hope you find your way back to wordsmithing again. I’m trying ever so slightly to do the same. It’s going to take time but at least I’m putting forth more effort. Happy hump-day! πŸ˜‰

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Thanks, Cathy! I think the rejection notice caused me to stop and I’m not sure about a novel but I might try to submit some pieces to a craft magazine or something.


  5. I hope you do give writing another try, Janet. I write to relieve stress, so I like a happy ending. πŸ™‚

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  6. Hey Janet. Interesting that that you have your written pieces from your younger days. How cool is that? They must be like snapshots of remembrances.
    You asked us to share what we write. Well my blog of course, which ranges from pieces about photography, to musings on my inner journey! But the bits that don’t make it to my blog are in my Morning Pages, which I write every single morning. My morning pages are a witness to my life and very private.

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Yes, Debs, I write in a journal too. Do you follow the Julia Cameron Artist Way writing style of morning pages? I have her book but haven’t read it yet.


      • Hi. Yes I use Julie Cameron’s approach and love it. I’m reading her book non linearly! But i read and implemented the morning pages as soon as I could, although she mentions them throughout the book too. I would not be without them now. I can recommend her book. I try to write stream of consciousness or what Brenda Ueland calls “recklessly” – it doesn’t always work, but I keep trying!

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