Writing an Illustrated Journal With a Story Subject

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I am writing an illustrated journal toward a story.  Mum’s the word, except to say that now I am used to being able to edit edit edit on my beloved Mac, and this experience is different.  It is permanent: once in the book, pen and India ink, it is done . . . oops!  And my handwriting sucks, so I hear . . .

All this has frozen me so I am afraid to write, to draw, to touch the damn journal.  I hate this!  I need to come to the what’s-so of this process.  This won’t be a perfect book, but a story-journal, mine, about something in my life.

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My older work all says “©D.Katie Powell” and it is just too much work to change a hundred images.  However, I am now agreeing to the  Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International License, which you can learn more about by visiting the site, or, visit my web page for a more user-friendly summary on my terms.  My images/blog posts can be reposted; please link back to zenkatwrites.

About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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8 Responses to Writing an Illustrated Journal With a Story Subject

  1. susanissima says:

    Katie, this is very interesting! Is your journal connecting to a short story you are writing or to a storybook? I ask this because I’m also doing a visual journal as I work on a novel and find it’s extraordinary how working from images to text, instead of the other way around, inspires the novels unfolding. (I tried to upload an image of the setting and a character or two, but was unable to.)

    • zenkatwrites says:

      This is a journal story and I am loosely following images as a prompt. It’s a true story so the story is “set.” It has been a hard story to tell but I am impelled, finally, to tell it.

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  3. Sammy D. says:

    Katie – I treasure my journals – with all their scribbles, dead ends and flaws far more than what I compose on the computer. I guess that comes from the mind, pen, paper connection, but I recently discovered a stash of “historic” unfinished journals (can’t believe I wrote so much and forgot I did that) and now they are gems, which at the time I probably critiqued as unworthy. I can’t imagine having the same emotional response to computer-stored musings.

    We cannot strive for “perfect book”; we can only nourish our soul by “truthful” endeavors which by the very definition cannot be flawed.

    • zenkatwrites says:

      I so agree. I have two boxes of journals, messy, messy journals! I have never really tried art journals until now. I mean, I have always doodled a bit in my journals, but never really incorporated art into them. Computers don’t cut it for me writing, either. I have to start any day working on my novel with hand-writing, then when I am in the groove I can switch. It is the visual-kinesthetic connection. I don’t WRITE my novel long hand, because I confess to having unreadable writing when I get into a rush!

      • Sammy D. says:

        Wouldn’t it be fun to have a blogwide day where we scan in and publish handwritten posts? I truly miss receiving handwritten notes, letters and envelopes, no matter what the scribbles look like. It’s a piece of acquaintences that had disappeared from our lives.

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