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Week by Week: A Year's Worth of Journaling Prompts & Meditations Paperback – November 30, 2011
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About the Author
Amber Lea Starfire is a teacher, freelance editor, and writer in Napa, California. Her passion is helping others tell their stories, make meaning of their lives, and access their inner wisdom and creativity through the act of writing. She earned her Masters in Education at Stanford University and has taught online, as well as at community colleges and businesses, for twenty years. She currently offers courses and workshops in journaling and creative writing. Her work has appeared in anthologies and online magazines. Visit Amber's website, www.writingthroughlife.com.
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I am retired and now have the time and motivation to move my writing to a higher level. Amber Lea Starfire's book Week by Week: A Year's Worth of Journaling Prompts & Meditations stimulates me to write daily and to think deeply. A daily journal is my primary tool for writing practice, recording reflections on life, considering problems and opportunities, chronicling the world, and reminding me of things that are important. Starfire challenges us to think and write creatively about each of these broad topics, and many more. This book is now a constant companion on my desktop computer, iPad and iPhone. Yes, I have the Kindle version. Whenever I am driven to write, I now have a rich concoction of ideas to energize my writing.
The book is divided into eight topics - self-awareness, authenticity, family and relationships, obstacles and opportunities, seasons and holidays, the world, spirituality and moving forward. Under authenticity, for example, the author asks us to consider what it means to live life more fully. In reflecting about the world, she challenges us to "Free write for ten minutes about human nature and violence." The book is not a rigid prescription of daily writing prompts. It is creative and fluid, easily adaptable to many writing and daily journaling styles.
Amber Lea Starfire has provided my writing road map for 2013. By the end of the year, when I have written in my journal each day covering the prompts provided in Week by Week, I will have a rich chronicle of my life. I will also, hopefully, be a better writer. I highly recommend this book.
it gives you a variety of suggestions and topics and guides you with questions to help you develop your topics for journaling, a guided personal exploration. Delightful!
That being stated this book was well written and is worth the money.
In her introduction, Starfire writes about journaling itself--what you need in order to do it (very little) and some reasons why you should start doing it (many). I found myself re-energized about my journaling, even going so far as to purchase some colored pencils the next time I was at the store. According to her, "The only 'rule,' if there is such a thing, is that in order to reap the most benefit from journaling, it must be done regularly--daily or several times a week, rarely less than once a week. Journaling is a habitual, open-ended, and rewarding activity that can be as personal and private, or as impersonal and public, as you want it to be."
The book is not arranged by dates; rather, it is divided into eight general categories such as "Self-Awareness," "Family and Relationships," "The World," and "Obstacles and Opportunities." Within each of these categories Starfire has several related topics, each with seven writing prompts. This style of organization makes it possible for you to simply page through the book and choose a topic to write about that hits a chord with you on that specific day. I also liked this approach because it didn't tie one down to any specific holidays. So, if a person doesn't celebrate Christmas, for example, she doesn't have to deal with a prompt on December 25 related to that specific holiday. Indeed, Starfire's prompts under the "Seasons and Holidays" are very adaptable to special days celebrated by any individual or belief system.
The prompts in Week by Week are incredibly thought provoking. More than once I found myself thinking what a great prompt it would be for my writing group, or wanting to grab my pen and journal and get writing myself. They invite the writer to examine each topic deeply, and Starfire's introductions to each subject often point out the benefits that can be attained by taking the time to thoughtfully respond to them. I thought she did this in a very balanced and realistic manner. She doesn't claim that it will turn your life around in a day, instead showing how it might effect a person at a very basic level and build towards something bigger. She includes extracurricular activities to boost some of the prompts as well. For example, when writing about joy, the journal writer is urged to go out and actually bring joy to other people. This really impressed me. We think of journaling as a tool for self-awareness and personal transformation; Starfire shows us how we can affect the people and even the world around us at the same time.
I wholeheartedly recommend Week by Week to those who are just beginning to journal and those who have been doing it for some time, as well as to writing circle facilitators. Starfire's prompts are original and refreshing, urging us to look at ourselves and our lives from different viewpoints, expanding our boundaries and stepping outside of our comfort zones. The only problem I have with the book is its title, which claims to provide "A Year's Worth of Journaling Prompts and Meditations." In reality, the prompts, ideas and advice in this wonderful book will provide food for thought--and for journaling--for years to come!
by Khadijah Lacina
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women