P-Penny For Your Thoughts

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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Does your mind wander? Are you are silently focused on a daydream? Did some offer “A penny for your thoughts?” 

I never got a penny for sharing my thoughts, but it has always been well worth my effort to journal them. Best-laid plans and lousy ideas are hatched from quiet thoughts. I let them ramble in my journal. Many of the sentences don’t go together, but it does not matter. No one but me has to understand them. Sometimes I find solutions to problems and answers to questions. Often though, I feel relief and satisfaction that it is written down—well worth a penny of time.

Let’s explore those daydreamy thoughts.

  1. Primary Prompt: Draw yourself sitting and writing in your writing spot. Include your journal and favorite pen too. Now draw a think bubble above your head. Inside the bubble, draw a thought you had while you settled into your spot. Did you wonder what is for lunch or where is your cat? Write about your thought bubble.
  2. Intermediate Prompt: Think back to your most recent daydream. Perhaps it was just three minutes ago. What were your thoughts? Quickly write them down. Let them spill out on your journal page. They do not need to make sense. Just write.
  3. Upper-Intermediate Prompt:  What are you daydreaming about right now? What ideas, feelings, plans are you playing out in your head? Write them down. They don’t have to be in any order or make any sense. Write this stream of consciousness for a solid five minutes. Ready? Set. Go!

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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