M is for Making Progress

Welcome to my 2020 Blogging A-Z April Challenge. Each day, I will post a brief Journal On! Daily Writers’ Workshops lesson and prompt. Teachers, parents, and students may use the material to encourage daily writing practice, spark insight, and embrace mindful reflection.   

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We are halfway through our Journal On! Daily Writers’ Workshop challenge. This is an excellent time to evaluate your journaling progress. I have questions for you. Do you feel that you are building a steady journaling habit? Are you looking forward to the prompts? Have you made up your own prompts? If you are finding yourself struggling, find a new place, and/or a different time of day to write. A change of scenery may give you that fresh new start.

Today we are going to take a look back at our journals. It is a good way to remember what you wrote, how you were feeling at the time, and compare it to how you are doing today. Remember, there is no right or wrong to journaling. By looking back at your writing, you may see that the daily commitment is getting easier. You may be surprised to see that your journaling is opening up a heartfelt way to communicate.

  1. Primary Prompt: Draw yourself in your favorite journaling spot. Draw the room details and the type of chair you are sitting in or on. Label all the parts of your picture. Include your facial expression. Now look back to B-Begin entry. How different are the drawings and sentences? Are there more details? Has your handwriting and spelling improved? Write about your progress. 
  2. Intermediate Prompt: Look over your journal entries. Notice how long your sentences were and how many sentences you wrote in the early prompts. Do you think your recent entries are more thoughtful and flow better than the first few? Do you feel your journaling easier and more enjoyable than it was in the very beginning? Write about if you like or not like the prompts. Why?
  3. Upper-Intermediate Prompt: Read over your journal entries. Compare them to the recent entries. Are you spending more time writing? Is it getting easier to communicate your thoughts and ideas? Are the prompts thought provoking enough, or have you come up with ones that interest you? Write about how you are feeling about daily writing—the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Until tomorrow, Everyone.



Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

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