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Story Play | Facts + Feelings 02

Welcome back to our  Story Play | Facts + Feelings series

One of the best tools in my journaling toolbox is using lists to excavate the facts + the feelings of a story. Lists can be visually fun (they are such a great place to bring in embellishments) but they also serve an awesome purpose in removing academic writing pressures you may have internalized from your education. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love a beautifully crafted paragraph/story but what I love more is simply getting the facts + feelings of a story out of my head and heart and onto a page. Lists organize our facts and feelings and help us focus more on that rather than worrying about grammar and punctuation. 

In the video above I reference a list of feeling words. You can access that here.

START TODAY | PRACTICE

Simply put, practice and repetition can make you a more confident journaler/writer. You can start today by grabbing a piece of paper or opening the notes app on your device and following this prompt: 

  • Write down 3 facts from today/this week/this season. 
  • Write down 3 feelings from today/this week/the season. 

Repeat daily/weekly/seasonally to practice telling more of the story (or getting more of your own feelings included in your memory keeping). The facts and feelings might related to each other (here's a fact and here's how I feel about it) or they might not be directly related. Both are perfectly fine. 

Another option/approach is to tackle your next storytelling project by simply listing out one fact and then one feeling and repeating that until you feel satisfied. Use numbers or bullets or stars or some other graphic element to designate each item on your list.

  • Write down a fact. 
  • Write down a feeling. 
  • Write down a fact. 
  • Write down a feeling. 
  • Repeat. Use the phrase "tell me more" to encourage yourself to add another layer to your story. Keep going (this is the process of excavation). 

You can 100% do this.

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6 thoughts

  1. Bellaa75 says…
    09/26/2023

    Thanks Ali for the inspiration, loving your videos! Glad I took the time (about 10 minutes!) and did this task.

    Reply 1 Reply
    1. AliEdwards says…
      09/26/2023

      Awesome! It's amazing how quick it can come together!

  2. haj5440 says…
    09/26/2023

    So great. I often think my journally is too much fact and not enough feeling. These videos are giving me lots of ideas ans things to think about. Thank you!

    Reply 1 Reply
    1. AliEdwards says…
      09/26/2023

      Wonderful! That was my hope!

  3. KittenCreates says…
    09/26/2023

    This is a great idea. It would be a great daily practice to even keep in a journal or planner. NOW...I'm hoping the spray paint stencil font you're using will be available as a stamp set one of these days. Hint...hint!

    Reply 1 Reply
    1. AliEdwards says…
      09/26/2023

      Such a fun font! It's called Autobahn.

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