Wreck This Journal: Ignite The Spark


For as long as I can remember, I’ve always imagined a little spark inside of me.  It flickers, smolders, and flares to life depending on the mood of my creativity.  Sometimes it needs a little kindling, but never once has it gone out. As I continue to embark on the journey of an aspiring writer, it’s become even more important to me to keep that spark ignited and let my imagination burn wild with possibilities.

This week’s Wreck This Journal page was one of the first I completed because it reminded me of my spark.  The directions instructed me to “Burn this page.” Once I got past my aversion to setting any part of a book on fire, I grabbed a box of matches out of the pantry and got to work.  The idea was to simply add a few little burn marks, to give the page a weathered look, like it had been on the outer reaches of a forest fire, (as usual my imagination had created an entire back story).   What I failed to remember is that paper is highly flammable and the moment I put the match to the edge, the whole page erupted with a brilliant flame!  It was terrifying . . . and absolutely beautiful.  The flame’s vibrant color and warmth made it feel like my spark was right in front of me rather than just inside of me.  Although totally necessary,  it was sad to put out the fire and turn it into a cloud of smoke, (I promise I’m not a pyro).

To keep the flame alive, I drew and colored some flames around the burned edges.  Then, I glued down the matchstick that started the fire.  I wish I could take credit for the matchbook, but that is Keri Smith’s handiwork. I can, however, take credit for giving it color and adding glitter to the flame on the cover.

My spark shows up just about everywhere in the journal, but the scarred edges of this page serve as an autobiography for a fire that just won’t go out.

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Previous Wreck This Journal Posts:

Letting Go

Keep Reaching

c.b. 2011


36 thoughts on “Wreck This Journal: Ignite The Spark

  1. This came out absolutely beautifully!

    I can imagine it must have been difficult to burn a book. I mean, there are so many frightening associations with book-burning that the horror of it extends beyond the mere aversion to burning anything as beautiful as a printed page. I think I would struggle with this assignment.


    • I did struggle, but it was interesting to experience the conflict on such a heightened level. The emotions are quite strong and that triggered some interesting creative expressions after the fact. 🙂


  2. The world needs creative, responsible “firestarters” 🙂
    It all comes down to what we do with fire – if you hadn’t cautiously burnt the page, it would be bland and boring now.


    • Me, either! All of my books look as pristine as the day I bought them. So this page was a challenge that really reached deep and made me reconsider a pretty staunch boundary. I’m not going to go around burning any more pages, but I’m now more likely to push at a few borders I was once afraid to touch. 🙂


  3. What an interesting page! What I find more interesting is this page isn’t in the edition I bought! Maybe Keri Smith decided Canadians were too “polite” to play with fire? Lol! I will have to find other pages to “ignite” my inner creativity.


    • I noticed the same thing in a friend’s journal. We think its gone because too many people set the whole book on fire. 😉

      There are a couple blank pages or those that require destruction of some kind. I’m sure your match can burn something!


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