Fantasy Tea & Journal Writing with Anaïs Nin

Fantasy Tea & Journal Writing with Anais Nin

I’m restless.

Things are calling me away.

My hair is being pulled by the stars again.

― Anaïs Nin

Have you ever been asked who you would most love to have over for a dinner party?

Today, I’ll introduce you to my first choice for a dinner guest. Only, I’d make it a tea with lots of sandwiches and treats, and a combined art date. We’d all sit around my studio set up for visual journaling, drink tea, adult beverages and eat off small plates. The better to have on the table covered with art supplies.

Let’s have tea with Anaïs Nin today.

By the time I discovered The Diaries of Anaïs Nin, I was already a long time journal keeper. At eighteen, I was living alone in one of Chicago’s edgier neighborhoods. I came to the city to be an artist, and had no idea what that really looked like.

Finding Nin’s work was a revelation and a comfort to me for many reasons. In her I found a kindred spirit who felt compelled to document everything, even the ugly and disturbing. She became a powerful teacher for me on the art of having a creative practice, in the form of a journal.

Already my journal writing was an easy habit, as it was pretty much my lifeline to sanity during a difficult childhood.

Reading Anaïs’ diaries planted a seed for how journal writing could become a part of one’s body of work. Not MY body of work, mind you. I was still so mortified by the fact that I even kept journals and what I wrote, and drew and collaged in them.

Anaïs Nin’s diaries opened a gateway for me to explore other writers who also published diaries, like May Sarton. Thanks to Anaïs I discovered Henry Miller, who documented his work in notebooks filled with sketches.

The world of introspective writing combined with image making opened up and I couldn’t get enough.

William Blake illustrated his own poems. Carl Jung’s Red Book looks like an illuminated manuscript. It’s gigantic visual journal illustrated with his paintings of mandalas, dreams and inner journeys.

If it sounds like all of this research happened long before the Internet. Yes, it did.

Speaking of inner journeys, I want to circle back to the quote that opens today’s post:

“I’m restless.
Things are calling me away.
My hair is being pulled by the stars again.”

― Anaïs Nin

What Calls You Now?

This quote evokes wanderlust in me, the desire to plan and pack for my next adventure.

It also inspires me to come back to my journal, and to explore what I’m longing for, what I’m craving, with word and image.

Here are today’s writing prompts inspired by Anaïs Nin. Enjoy!

Writing prompts for your journal…

I am restless for…

I am yearning…

I am called toward…

I can move toward it by…

What Are You Restless For?

I’m restless for uninterrupted time in the studio. For deep writing in my new writing sanctuary in my garden. It’s a little screened in cabana in my garden, right next to the painting studio. I’ll show you in the next studio video.

The place I am called away to isn’t a destination you can find on a map.

I am called inward, toward the silence and hum of pen and paint on paper.

Keeping a visual journal takes you away on the best of vacations. No boarding pass required.

Unless, of course, you’d like to combine a visual journaling with travel to a foreign land. That’s my favorite getaway.

Want to create with me? From your own home?

The Creative Sketchbook is an online workshop that guides you through the process of visual journaling in your own creative sketchbook.

The Creative Sketchbook helps you excavate your own true desires, innate wisdom, and intuition, with ease, gentleness and joy.

I will show you how to create without fear of the blank page, learning how to play and make a happy mess without fear of doing it wrong or not doing it perfectly.

Want to travel & create with me?

Check out this list of international art retreat vacations to see where I’m going next. When you travel with me, you can expect a one-in-a-lifetime experience with really small groups with tons of personal coaching on your creativity.

Journey: 30 Day Journal Project with Lisa Sonora30 Day Journal Project

This post is part of the 30 Day Journal Project. Our theme for 2017 is the Creative Journey.

You can get the whole scoop and join the 30 Day Journal Project here. It’s free to participate.


Video Writing Prompts

I’ve tried something new with this year’s 30 Day Journal Project and created a video of the writing prompts. I read the prompts to you, as you write along. Just like I do in my workshops.

Audio Writing Prompts

Prefer plain audio? You can get an .mp3 of today’s prompts

Who’s Attending Your Fantasy Tea?

I hope you enjoyed today’s journaling and fantasy tea? Who would you invite over? What would your event be?

3 Responses to Fantasy Tea & Journal Writing with Anaïs Nin

  1. Paula March 7, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    I love this notion of inviting and “interviewing” people at tea! Will be thinking about my list: Mary Oliver, Madeleine L’Engle, Issa, Astrid Lindgren, Hans Christian Andersen, Maya Angelou, Sherman Alexie, Alice Walker, Thomas Jefferson. Interesting how my first thought is how they’d get along.

  2. Susan March 3, 2017 at 6:39 pm #

    I would have more than a tea. I would have a long slow dinner party with several courses.
    I would love to have Anais, but also Georgia O’Keeffe.
    And maybe Maya Angelou.
    We would sip mead and have the most heartfelt conversations.

    • Lisa Sonora March 6, 2017 at 7:50 pm #

      Lovely! I hope I’m on your guest list, Susan!

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