Here's an excerpt from the book I'm working on now, Kicking In The Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises for Fiction, Memoir & Personal Essays. If you do the exercises I'd love to hear if they worked for you.
"The journals are a way of finding out where I really am…They are not dependant on the muse…They sort of make me feel that the fabric of my life has a meaning. What often seems fairly meaningless, like weeding a patch in the garden, when I write it into the journal, it sort of becomes something else." – May Sarton
– Write about the fabric of your life. Be literal or think of it as a metaphor. Is your life fraying, stretched, or tucked in tightly? Cotton, wool, silk, polyester, cashmere? Are buttons missing or is it covered with sequins? Ironed or wrinkled? Or maybe – a coat of many colors?
– Write about a time your life unraveled.
– Write a list in your journal of ten ordinary things you did yesterday. If you don’t already keep a journal, start one today.