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How to prepare your travel journal (prompts edition)

Summer holidays are just a few weeks away and I am already thinking about my travel journal.

Or what I hope will be my travel journal. I thought about a few things I would enjoy drawing and some techniques I’d like to try.  I listed all the skills I need to acquire and enrolled in several online classes.

In this article you’ll find the prompts I’ve thought about and the list of the online classes I’m taking to improve my lettering and drawing skills.

I hope they will inspire you too.

Thematic prompts

1/ Brush letter the tittle page
2/ What’s in my suitcase
3/ My creative tool kit
3/ Transportation mode : plane, car, train, boat, cycle, bike, balloon…
4/ Self portrait (before and after the holidays)
5/ Map of holidays location
6/ Do a series : choose an object draw it every time you see it.
7/ Draw a yummy meal and or cocktail
8/ Draw the funny road or shop signs
9/ sketch people waiting around you. easiest models : people who read or look at their phone.

Technical prompts

1/ Work in monochrome
2/ Work in black and white
3/ Do a collage
4/ Add journaling inserts
5/ Use frames or create a comic-book like spread
6/ Use a limited color palette
7/ Work in watercolor
8/ Work with kids pastels
9/ Blind contour drawing
10/ Continuous line drawing

Online classes

Lisa Congdon’s creative bootcamp on Creative Bug (monochrome, restricted palette)

Courtney Cerutti’s collage class on Creative Bug

Peggy Dean Brush lettering classes on Skillshare

Ohn Mar Win’s classes on Skillshare

Danny Gregory’s class on Sketchbook skool « How to draw without talent »

Skillshare and Creativebug are both online learning platforms that require you to suscribe and pay a monthly fee.

However they both offer free trials (1-2 months) and you can unsubscribe anytime you like.

If you’re interested in Skillshare, click the following link to get 2 months free : 

Inspiring Instagram accounts

Liz Steel
Koosje Koene

Are you going to engage in any creative activity during the holidays ?
How to you prepare if you prepare at all ?
Any thoughts on how to keep creating while being surrounded by toddlers and middle school pupils ?


Please feel free to also share any Instagram account that inspires you, or a link to an online class you loved in the comment section so everybody can enjoy them.

Any input in the comment section will be greatly appreciated 🙂

❤ always

Relire un Manuscrit

Cachk est aussi en pleine phase relecture de manuscrit. Elle a écrit un article sur sa méthode de révision qui regorge de plein de bonnes idées.

Manuscript Revision Checkpoint n°5 : Chain of oops

5 pages, 5 pages only.

The past week has been a carnival of sneezes, headaches, desperate searches for ibuprofen and anti-cough pellets and eventually dragging myself around the house. This flu striken writer isn’t well performing when it comes to revise a manuscript under the influence of a virus.

But when it was the time to go to bed, I was weirdly awake, just as if I had swallowed 5 liters of coffee and I never – ever drink coffee. And during seven days, my brain lingered in a mush mud my neurones stubbornly refused to quit.

So, here is the itch. Revision demands a lot of full working neurones and a bunch of high velocity synapses.

There’s no need to insist on this checkpoint. I knew a reality check was on the way.  Last week doesn’t matter (says my ever conscience clean wiping inner small voice). This week does. I feel like it is going to be critical. The ultimate test. Do I stick to my wish to finish my novel or do I give up ?

Manuscript Revision Checkpoint n°4

This week has been a Rollercoaster

I still have difficulties going to bed early in order to wake up early. It seems like my brain works great between 2 and 3 am but, it doesn’t do anything good when the clock buzzes at seven…

So, I’ve spent the week in the morning fog of my brain and the afternoon in the overwhelming excitement of seeing The Great Book Of Lists being so well received by WP community.

That’s when I was up.

Down was when I realized the most important pages of my manuscript were very exciting but needed a lot of work.

I mean a ton of work.

My novel has many characters and each has its moment to shine. The avantage is that the reader can experience the action from within, the inconvenient is that the POV shifts every 2 pages and that it requires way more intentional writing to succeed than what’s in my first draft.

Those pages needed many hours of thinking, brainstorming and note taking. Those pages turned my brain upside down. Those pages made me understand how much you need to love a story to stay committed to it during revision.

Accidental collateral damages

I worked so much I started to daydream a way to customized the writing of each character…who thinks in snapshots, who is constantly overwhelmed, who doesn’t give a shit (at least pretends not to), who escapes in dark lame humor when things go south…

Their POV scenes are going to challenge me during rewriting. l can’t wait to get there 😀

One of the hardest thing right now is to be able to take notes, cross off entire paragraphs of the manuscript and NOT write anything new.

That’ll be for later.

First, I need to finish reading the first draft and taking notes, analyze said notes and work on structure. Then I’ll dive back into writing.

The numbers

  • 16 pages
  • 6 scenes
  • 2 mythical monsters killed, one character badly wounded, one author brainwashed (me)
  • 15 pages of notes, 75 pages total

[Challenge] 6 Word Story : Accomplishment

Sometimes Stellar suggests that we write stories about accomplishment this week, with a spin : use only 6 words.

Being in the middle of many activities and in list frenzy, the story instantly popped in my mind (which does not happen very often !).

I crossed my last « To Do »


If you are interested in this Challenge, or would like to participate, visit Sometimes Stellar Storyteller where you’ll find this creative challenge and many stories by Nicola Auckland.

Manuscript Revision Checkpoint n°3

I’m late I know.

But it’s only the account, not the reading. Actually, the reading and commenting are going fine. I have found my daily rhythm and weekly max.

What does that mean ?

I work better in the morning, not necessarily faster but better that’s for sure. Spotting what »s wrong is easier, finding solutions too. And hen I read in the morning, I can brainstorm all day long if I stumble on a big problem.

All this reading and note taking that require 450 % of my attention has a limit. Beyond 25 pages, my brain just freezes and refuses to provide me with answers. In conclusion, I’ll keep the 30 pages a week target but there is no sense to try to go beyond.

Remember I mentioned stumbling on a big problem ?

That’s what happened this week. I encountered a structural hitch, a misplaced scene but containing information crucial for the plot. It did take me a lot of time to sort out. Shuffling elements around isn’t that simple.

The numbers

I read 28 pages last week, 71 pages in total. There are 69 pages left to read.

My initial count of 15 scenes has doubled.I have identified 30 scenes so far, which simplifies the fact that each of my characters has its 15 minutes of glory POV scene.

One of my character, who was meant to be a one of a kind über bad ass has turned out to be quite hilarious.

Wrote nearly 60 pages of notes since beginning to work on my manuscript.

The daily organization

I switched my day around to be able to sustain the additional amount of work. It still feels strange but, at least I get things done.

I hope you like this weekly account. I can tell that sharing this adventure with you is a great motivator that keeps me going.

And what about you my dear friends ? What keeps you going on ? Are you working on  a writing project ? How is it going so far ? As usual, the comments section is all yours 😉

Manuscript revision checkpoint n°2

Deuxième semaine de révision de mon manuscrit… et je dois admettre que j’ai un peu procrastiné.

Je sais, je sais la procrastination, c’est le diable, mais, eh, regardez ça :


N’est-ce pas la plus déliceuse raison de procrastiner pendant la période de Noël ?

Cette bûche m’a pris des heures. Elle est faite à base d’une crème au citron avec un insert à l’orange, le tout posé sur un biscuit breton avec des petits pics meringués.

Je suis assez contente du résultat, notamment de l’intérieur de la bûche :


buche de noel
buche de noel« 


Ok, je peux vous entendre penser. Assez avec les sucreries, parlons de ton manuscrit.

Les résultats de la semaine.

Ok, Ok. Allons-y. Je n’ai lu que 25 pages sur les 30 initialement prévues. C’est 4 scènes en entier, dont 2 que je pense diviser en plusieurs autres scènes. J’en étais déjà consciente lorsque j’écrivais mais je ne voulais pas interrompre le flot des mots.

Jusque là, la méthode que j’utilise fonctionne assez bien. Ma grille d’analyse pour la prise de notes me permet d’identifier assez rapidement tout ce qui peut être améliorer ou complété.

Pile dans le mille

Cette grille m’a aussi permis de soulever un problème de taille : celui du setting dans une des scènes. L’action qui se déroule est cruciale pour l’histoire mais il me semble que le lieu dans lequel elle se déroule est ennuyeux. Il me semble que la scène, dans sa totalité, gagnerait à être déplacée dans un endroit inhabituel. Demain, donc, je ferai des recherches afin de trouver un idée un peu dingue qui devrait plaire aux lecteurs (j’espère).

Cette année,je suis assez confiante dans le fait que la phase de relecture va se terminer avec une base solide sur laquelle basé »e la réécriture.  Je ne me sens pas désespérée, je ne suis pas non plus en train de me maudire d’avoir écrit un premier jet désastreux, j’ai le sentiment que cette relecture va me permettre d’ajouter plusieurs niveaux de lecture au texte et j’avoue que j’en suis plutôt contente.

Les trivialités

En termes de logistique, je suis assez contente des stylos que j’ai choisis pour ce travail. ils écrivent de manière très fluide et me font oublier que j’écris à la main.

L’expérience du classeur est aussi convaincante jusque-là. Cela offre de multiples possibilités et j’aime beaucoup  pouvoir tourner les pages avec beaucoup de facilité. Les intercalaires sont également d’une grande aide, alliées à un clip magnétique.

Et pour vous , qu’en est-il ? Comment avez-vous passé ces derniers jours ? Vous êtes entrés en phase de révision de votre texte ? Comment cela se passe-t-il ?


Comme d’habitude, la section des commentaires est toute à vous, n’hésitez pas les amis.

Manuscript revision checkpoint n°2

Second week of revising my manuscript. I must admit I did procrastinate a little.

I know, I know, procrastination is the devil but, hey,  look at that :

20151224_205509_resizedIsn’t it the most delicious  reason to procrastinate during Christmas time ? I did taka me hours.

It’s an orange and lemon christmas log with a biscuit breton and meringue pikes.

I am quite pleased with the result, especially with the inside of the log :

buche de noel
buche de noel« 


Guys, I can hear you think enough with the sugar, let’s talk about this manuscript of yours.

This week’s results

Ok, ok. Her we go I did only read 25 pages (I had planned 30) and 4 scenes. I intend to divise two of them into multiple scenes. It did not come as a surprise. I knew it when I wrote but I did not want to interrupt the word flow.

So far, the method I have chosen works pretty well. My  analysing grid for note taking allows me to spot pretty quickly what can be improved or completed.

Right on spot

It did raise an issue about the setting in a scene. The action is crucial but the setting is boring I think. The whole scene would be way more interesting in a more unusual place. So, tomorrow, I’ll be back on research mode in order to come up with a crazy idea readers will enjoy.

This year, I do feel confident the revision of the manuscript will end with a solid basis to rewrite it. I do not feel lost nor desperate, I do not hate myself for coming up with a disastrous draft, I feel like this reading will add many layers  to the text and I’m pretty happy about it.


On the practical aspect of the experience, I do enjoy the pens I have chosen for this work. They run smoothly on paper and help me forget I’m handwriting.

The binder experience is quite convincing so far. It’s very versatile and I love how it’s easy to flip the pages back and forth. The dividers are also pretty helpful combined with a magnetic clip.


What about you my dear readers, how did ou spend these last days ? Any manuscript revision ahead, maybe it’s already started ? How is it going ?

As usual, the comments’ section is all yours.  Fire away my friends.

Manuscript revision checkpoint n°1

Oui,  décembre n’est pas encore fini et je me suis déjà plongée dans la révision/ réécriture de mon NaNo.

Comme toujours, j’essaie d’apprendre de mes nombreuses  erreurs et de m’adapter.

1/ Ne pas attendre

La plupart des gourous de l’écriture recommandent d’attendre avant de revoir son texte et de s’y mettre quelques mois plus tard lorsqu’on est prêt.

Pour moi, c’est la meilleure manière de perdre ma motivation et mon élan et de ne jamais retoucher le manuscrit. Cette année, j’ai juste attendu assez de temps pour décider comment j’allais m’y prendre.

2/ Avoir l’esprit pratique

Tout d’abord, je dois admettre que je me suis grandement inspirée d’une photo de John Barrowman, faisant une lecture de scénario avec l’équipe de Torchwood (je crois). On le voit utiliser un classeur pour travailler et transporter ses scénarios.

J’ai trouvé que c’était une super idée. (JB, si vous lisez un jour cet article, un grand MERCI) – on peut toujours rêver :D.

J’ai imprimé le manuscrit en recto/verso et je l’ai insérer dans un classeur A4. De cette manière, je peut le mettre totalement à plat, tourner les pages facilement, laisser des post-its qui ne s’envoleront pas car protégés par le classeur. Je prends mes notes sur des feuilles à part qui son stockées à la fin du classeur.

Ce cette manière, je n’ai pas à me battre contre l’objet qu’est mon manuscrit et je peux l’emporter partout car il est protégé.

Mes accessoires : stylo, pince accroche stylo, une pochette zippée A4, des post-its, des intercalaires.

3/ Créer ma propre méthode de revision 

Après avoir essayé  la méthode de Rachel Aaron et celle de Chuck Wendig, je savais que j’avais besoin de définir une manière de travailler qui ne me laisserait pas perdue et désespérée au bout de deux semaines.

J’ai donc décidé d’utiliser deux outils : des notes de relecture organisées et une feuille de suivi de mon avancement.

J’utilise un modèle pour ma prise de notes. Il contient un petit tableau qui reprend les personnages, les buts, les obstacles et le résultat de la scène.

En dessous, je prends des notes sur le lieu, le personnage POV, les émotions, les 5 sens.

Je n’ai pas fait de feuille type sur ordinateur, tout est écrit à la main. je ne veux pas être limitée, je veux pouvoir prendre autant de notes que nécessaire.

La feuille de suivi de mon avancement est aussi très simple :

  • Une partie ‘journal’ qui me permet d’écrire au jour le jour le travail effectué.
  • Un tableau qui marque l’avancement en fonction du nombre de scènes lues.
  • Un tableau qui marque l’avancement en fonction du nombre de pages lues.

Je fais exprès de garder cette page aussi simple que possible, je n’utilise donc aucun code couleur.

4/Publier un point d’avancement tous les dimanches

Je vous l’ai déjà dit, je suis très attachée à mes lecteurs. J’ai le sentiment que partager avec vous le processus de révision sera une belle aventure en commun.

Mon premier point d’avancement :

5 scènes, 15 pages. Je prévois d’emmener mon classeur avec moi pendant nos petites vacances à la montagne.

Parlons de vous maintenant, Quel est votre process de réécriture de votre roman,si vous en avez un ? Quelle méthode avez-vous essayée ? A-t-elle fonctionné ou pas ? Qu’avez vous apprécié  et qu’avez vous moins aimé ?

Comme d’habitude, la section de commentaires est toute à vous.  😉


Manuscript revision checkpoint n°1

Yep, December isn’t finished yet and I have already dived into revision.

As always, I try to learn from my many failures and adapt. So I took a very different approach to revision this year.

1/ I did not wait

Most writing gurus recommend you to wait, let your text rest for a while and come back when ready. For me that’s the safest way to lose momentum and never touch the manuscript again. So I only waited enough time to figure out how I wanted to work.

2/ I took a very practical approach 

First of all, I must admit I was greatly inspired to take this approach by a picture of John Barrowman, doing a table read for a TV show (I believe it was Torchwood) and using a binder to work and carry around scripts.
I thought this was a great idea. (JB, if you ever read this article, thank you SO much). A girl can dream 😉

I printed the manuscript recto/verso and inserted it in a binder. This way, it’s easier to flip the pages and leave sticky notes. I can lay it flat on my desk and store notes at the end of the binder. This way, I do not have to fight to work and my manuscript is protected.
The accessories : a pen , a pen holder, a A4 zip pocket, sticky notes, dividers.

3/ I created my own revising method

After trying Rachel Aaron’s and Chuck Wendig’s, I knew I had to come up with a method that would not leave me lost and desperate.
So I decided to use two tools : organized revision notes and a work tracker.

I use a template for my note taking that includes a small table with the characters-goals-obstacle-outcome entries.
I also use written entries for : Place, POV, emotions expressed, senses (how do the POV senses react ? What does he see, smell, hear, ?  What are the textures and eventually tastes).

Everything is hand written, I do not want to be limited, I want to be able to write as much as needed.

My work tracker is pretty simple. It’s a sheet that allows me to track my work quickly with 3 different angles:

  • The log helps me write daily what I have read (pages, scenes…)
  • The scene table tracks the number of scenes read. One cell for one scene.
  • The page table tracks the number of pages read. One cell for 5 pages.

I keep this page simple, so there’s no color code involved.

4/ Posting a revision checkpoint article each Sunday

Because I care a lot about my readers I feel like sharing the revision process with all of you be a great adventure.

Here’s my first checkpoint :

5 scenes 15 pages. I’m planning on taking my binder with me during  our small holiday trip to the mountain.

Let’s talk about you guys. What’s your revision process for a novel if you have any ? What method have you tried ? Did it work ? Or not ? What did you enjoyed ? What didn’t you like ?

As usual, the comments section is all yours 😉