A Complete Idiot’s Guide to Journaling by Joan R. Neubauer

Book Review by Ruth Folit

A Complete Idiot’s Guide to Journaling by Joan R. Neubauer is a straightforward, popularized overview of journaling. Neubauer’s volume includes information about the history of journal writing, the basics of getting started, different kinds of journals, suggestions about what to write, elements of good writing, how to organize your journal, and how to learn from what you write.

Her style is encouraging: “No matter how old you are, no matter what your background is, and no matter how good of a writer you are, journaling allows you to keep a unique record of your life and to explore, reflect upon, and even improve that life.”

Line drawings, quotes, and journaling tips are sprinkled throughout the book. I’d recommend this book to those is just beginning to keep a journal.