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Find Your Story Within Contest – Week 4

February 3, 2012

You can do anything you want to in a journal, like singing in your car or dancing alone in the kitchen.

If you’re intimidated by the idea of writing any kind of narrative, start by making lists in a journal. Lists bring organization to cluttered thoughts, clarity to murky emotions, and with clarity comes the possibility for growth and change.

Make a list of 10 things you know by heart.  All the state capitols? A nursery rhyme? Jump rope chant? A poem? Who taught you those things? Why? Allow a story about things imprinted on your heart and mind to flow towards you.

To enter, send an email to with your full name, email address and written entry. Week four entries are due on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. To learn more visit or visit us on Facebook at


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  1. J.C. Elkin permalink

    Is there a word limit this week?

  2. The limit continues to be 250 words. It isn’t much but then poems also have to convey a lot of emotion, conflict and drama with very little in the way of text. I hope the exercise is inspiring and that it will be the beginning of something you can continue expanding on.

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