Journal Me This

2019 writing journal

I do most of my writing on a Macbook. I like how “clean” it is, especially compared to my handwriting! But I don't always have my computer with me, so I also use the Notes feature on my phone – and I always always keep a writing journal. My current one was a Christmas gift from my sister. I've been using it for all of 2019, and I rather like the thought of a yearly journal (though it's never quite worked out for me in the past). As we move into the last weeks of the year, I think I'll have just enough pages.

What goes inside the journal? Well, everything!

inspiring words

travel notes

notes from conversation
with editor about wip

inspiring quotes found
in books I'm reading

to-do lists

writing prompts found on
favorite websites

And here is my response to that writing prompt:

The brain of a lake is rain.
Sometimes a mirror, always a weatherwane.

The feet of a lake are fish.
How they dart, dash, swish!

The hands of a lake are mud and grass,
gentle enough to hold a boat made of glass.

Thanks so much for reading!
Irene Latham lives on a lake in rural Alabama. Winner of the 2016 ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, she is the author of hundreds of poems and nearly twenty current and forthcoming poetry, fiction and picture books from publishers including Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Lerner, Boyds Mills, and Charlesbridge. Her books have been recognized on state lists and honored by NEA, ALA, NCTE, SIBA, Junior Library Guild, Bank Street College and other organizations.


  1. Love all the tidbits you keep in your journal. While I have lists of prompts, favorite quotes, and an idea jar with scraps of paper, having it all together makes so much more sense.

    1. Darlene, it's really been working out for me this year! And it's such a great record, too. :)

  2. Love that you let us have peeks into your journal!

    1. It DOES feel really personal! But I am always telling students to be vulnerable, share who you are... and so... thanks for reading!

  3. Loved seeing how you use your journal, a delightful collection for all the stuff that comes your way.

    1. Thank you, Ramona! Sometimes I have to spend some time deciphering my own handwriting. Ha! xo

  4. Ditto - and I loved seeing the poem you made from that prompt!


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