I’ve seen so many fabulous advent ideas over the years, so rather than thrust my own upon you, the challenge this month is to create your own advent calendar or follow someone else’s and write about your experience! For example, I am planning to do Luna K’s The Submissive’s Advent Calendar.
There are lots of ways to journal. Bullet journals, art journals, autobiographical fiction, basic diary/journal entry (just let out your feelings about the topic and how it applies to you), memoir-style poetry, photography…the sky is the limit when it comes to genre – as long as this is a way for you to explore what is going on inside yourself and how you feel.
So pick your advent theme, and start writing! You can write each day of your advent, do a weekly entry, or just sum it all up in one post at the end of the month. If you write daily or weekly, link your category or tag below. If it is a one time response, just link the post. You can also cross-pollinate (address more than one meme at a time).
Maybe you would rather do a “12 Days of…” theme instead? That would work just fine, too!
Remember…you DON’T have to follow the theme or prompts. They are simply there to provide guidance and ideas. And if you decide to follow the prompts, you don’t have to do them in any particular order.
If you have an idea for a theme or prompt, please let me know! I could always use ideas!
So what IS the Erotic Journal Challenge and how is it different from other memes?
Well, it began for me as a way to explore my erotic inner life and thoughts. More specifically, it was about asking the tough questions and reflecting on the places where I struggle in a way that might move me forward positively (since I often feel a little disconnected from that part of myself) and help me improve my erotic connection to myself and to my husband.
There are memes out there for fiction writing, and photography, but I wanted this to be more intimate. It’s a JOURNAL challenge, after all. Also, it’s an EROTIC journal challenge. So this is also about sexuality and intimacy and love and lust and relationships with self and others — EROTIC INTROSPECTION, if you will. Journaling is more about mining your own feelings about things. You aren’t writing an essay and you aren’t particularly concerned with your audience, unless you are using this as an opportunity to do some confessional writing. Focus on your emotions…your feelings…your fears…your questions.
If you are posting your writing on a blog, you can link-back to this post and use the badge so others can find your work. Read others’ posts, comment, share what you love! This is all about going inward, sharing what we learn, and supporting one another as writers and people. There is no round-up and no one will be selecting the “best” posts, so there is no competition here. But I’ll be sure to share your work on social media in some way.
This link-up party will run from today until 11:59 pm PST on Dec. 31.