Write On Journaling: I Hate…

Alice Boll
Alice Boll

I hate…

For years parents and teachers tried to convince us to use ‘nicer’ words such as ‘dislike’ or ‘I don’t prefer’ instead of using the word hate. 

Hate is a strong word. Emotions will definitely rise up when you use a powerful word like hate.

In our scrapbook journaling unlocking emotions can be a great way to find a good story.

Stories about hate could lead to some negative topics.  As a child we found ourselves using the word hate when we didn’t have a better descriptive word in our vocabulary. 

Looking back, perhaps I didn’t hate the guy that was hogging the tire swing at recess. I hated that he was hogging the tire swing, but I didn’t necessarily hate him. The way we use words matter.

I remember telling my mom I hated onions, but perhaps I detested onions… and I just hated the fact that she was making me eat them! 😉

If going to the dark and angry side of hate isn’t really your style (it’s not mine either) you may look for a topic on the ‘lighter side’ like the tire swing monopolizer, those horrible onions, or… moths.


What do you hate?

Let the power or your emotion ignite a strong story for your layout.

Layout Example:

This layout talks about something that my mother and I both hate… moths. Ugh. 😖

It’s called: Just Like My MOTHer

My Mom hates MOTHS- I mean REALLY hates them. I’ve heard a story, I don’t know if it’s true, that when she was young some “friends” put some moths down her shirt. Ewwww! Can you just imagine them fluttering, gross! I also hate moths. They fly so random, but then they always seem to fly right at me! Maybe I shine brightly – LOL! I guess I’m just like my MOTHer. 

I checked with my mom. She said, “It’s true, but they weren’t friends.”

I hope you’ll think for a moment about something you hate… or if you just can’t use that word… something you really, really dislike, and let that inspire your story for your next layout.

Did you see the previous Write On Journaling Tip? Hyperbole, It’s Not Exactly Lying

I’ll be back next week with another journaling tip.

If you create a layout using this technique I’d LOVE to see it! Please tag me on Instagram

Happy scrapping!


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