Posted by: nancyisanders | October 20, 2008


About 2 years ago, I was in a local bookstore. Much to my pleasure and surprise I stumbled across a beautiful book called BEATRIX POTTER: A JOURNAL. The pages were filled with little snippets of artwork from her books and memorabilia from her various projects scattered across the pages. There were portions of letters from editors as well as excerpts from her diary. My writer’s soul immediately connected with this idea. In a journey filled with so many rejections and negative self-doubt, what a marvelous way to help remember all the positive little moments of being a writer! Even though I had never been much of a “scrapbooker” before, I immediately jumped in with both feet. I found a little local shop that sells scrapbook supplies, bought a book, and made it my New Year’s resolution to scrapbook every month of 2007 with fun little details about my life as a writer. When 2008 arrived, I took a different approach. I grouped the pages by topics according to which manuscript I wanted to feature that I was working on. It has been a very rewarding journey! On days when I get numerous rejections both through the mail and e-mail, or on days when I struggle with writer’s block, or on days when I’m once again overwhelmed and wonder how I’ll ever meet my current book deadline on time, I just pull out my scrapbook and get my fill of warm fuzzies. Pictures from my critique groups, kudos from editors, inspiring Scriptures, and precious positive moments as a writer greet me to encourage me to keep on going.

Have you ever kept a scrapbook about your writing adventures? I’d love to hear how you create your own personal journal!


  1. I have made lots of scrapbooks, and I love to journal “to” the person….making it very personal. I use their names a LOT in it.
    Do check out
    “project center” for lots of ideas, and the best tools EVER. Good luck, Mary

  2. Am the lazy one when it comes to writing. its something am hoping to overcome.

  3. That is so great, Mary, to journal to make the scrapbook more personal. Thanks for sharing!

  4. And Tina, I hope you can get more writing done! Have you tried scheduling in 15 minutes of writing every day? You’ll be surprised at the progress!

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