Substantive Writing


These days, most of my substantive handwriting takes place in my journal, Bible study notes, or notes on sermons. (I refrain from using the term, “sermon notes” — because doesn’t that sound like I’m preparing to preach the sermons?) Anyway, if you’ve read any of my pages that talk about commonplacing, you will reason that I am an analog note-taker. I love my Moleskine; and a good ballpoint pen — fine tip over medium. I’ll never understand all the rave over gel pens. Although I’ve purchased Levenger notebooks and journal pages, I have yet to invest in a ballpoint — and I still haven’t found any journal that could replace my Moleskine. Handwriting serves as a vehicle for more impromptu notes. I’ve thought about trying to do stream of consciousness writing in an analog journal. I guess I’ll never know unless I try. But I keep seeing images of myself staring blankly off into space waiting for a substantive thought to come. And sometimes my hand doesn’t want to cooperate with my impression of how a character should look. Will I be able to decipher my writing later; or should I mar my journal page with a scratch-out and rewrite? I truly don’t understand compliments about my penmanship. Quite a while ago, I noticed that not only do I type faster than I write. I’m more able to keep up with my thought progression when I’m typing. Whether I’m typing into a Word or Notepad document, my thoughts flow more freely than when I write by hand. The faster I record my thoughts onto the screen, the faster I can process and upload new thoughts. And “the beat goes on.” So, note taking: analog or keyboard. Blogging, stream of consciousness, creative writing: keyboard. What about you? When was the last time you Pens and Pencils wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand?


Hi. I’m Miss Donna

Shake_Hands copyHello, Reader. I answer to “Miss Donna”. I’m a Gulf Region transplant from the Mid-West who loves to write. I never acted on my desire to major in journalism. But I continue to write every chance I get. My current boss appreciates and relies on my ability to write with clarity. And, after reading a description of my first hurricane experience, my former boss told me he was totally drawn into the experience by my attention to detail and that I should consider writing a novel. a Commonplace STUDIO launched at the beginning of December; so there are not very many posts. I’m still learning my way around. I’ve changed themes — maybe twice. This is actually my second blog. The first filled the book review niche on another platform. I’m happy with my decision to switch to WordPress; and plan to import some of my reviews as well. Learn more about the STUDIO . My primary focus for starting this blog is genealogy. I began researching my family history around the turn of the century; and I’m ready to share my findings with my family and connect with other family history bloggers. I joined a couple of genealogy groups on facebook; but I’m looking for a little more. And think I’ll find it by blogging. Another reason I started this blog is that I have strong religious convictions that I want my children and grandchildren to have written explanations of for future reference. For now, you’ll find my thoughts and experiences with regard to books, genealogy, Christianity (particularly Protestantism), topical Bible studies, cast iron cookware, and the occasional random post. If you share my interest in any of these topics, hopefully we can engage in a digital dialogue or two. In the beginning stages, I will sharpen my writing skills by responding to challenges that inspire me. I’m also hoping to become well-versed in WordPress. Oh, and I’m teaching myself digital graphics. You’ll find some of my creations posted here as well. I know your time is valuable; so my goal is to keep my posts within the 300-500 word range. Welcome to my commonplace.