Write in your Journal: Defrag your brain!

I was recently talking with Kay Adams, the author of Journal To The Self and the director of The Center for Journal Therapy.  She had a wonderful analogy about journal writing that will make total sense to anyone who uses a computer.  When she writes in her journal she feels…

Gabriele Lusser Rico talks about the benefits of journaling

Gabriele Lusser Rico wrote in the early 1980s a seminal book called Writing the Natural Way.  It introduced a writing technique she developed called “clustering.”  Clustering is a non-linear brainstorming technique that uses the right brain, the non-linear, whole pattern, image-producing  part of your mind. The clustering technique brings the…

Anne Frank’s would-be 80th birthday approaching

Next week, June 12th, Anne Frank would be 80 years old if she had survived the concentration camps of World War II. If you have never read Anne Frank’s diary, I recommend you do.  I read it as part of a high school English class in the late ’60s, which…

Keeping different journals–a dream journal, a health journal, a daily journal…

People who keep paper journals often keep several–a dream journal, a health journal, a work/school journal,  a daily journal.  I’ve never done that.  But I do understand the reasoning–it’s a way to be more organized, to be able to find the journal entries that you are looking for, and to…

Catch ’em doing something right. Then write!

Last night at a writing workshop webinar that Sheila Bender and I are facilitating, (if you are interested in joining the webinar, send me an email at rfolit at lifejournal dot com–it’s not too late!), a participant told us of a writing exercise that I consider brilliant!  When her children…

Writing with your non-dominant hand

When journaling, have you ever found yourself  writing about the same issue over and over and over and you feel like you are not making any progress? Here’s a tip that will help you make some headway:  Write with your non-dominant hand.  You might even want to start a conversation…

Monica Seles: “Big on journaling”

Last Friday, NY Times Health writer, Tara Parker-Pope interviewed tennis star Monica Seles.  Seles was in the height of her career in 1993 when, during a tennis match in Germany, a deranged spectator stabbed her in the back with a kitchen knife.  Not surprising, that incident affected Seles deeply and…

Journal Writing and Focus

During the last 15 years, my husband and I have taken a handful of bicycle trips overseas.  We’ve planned our routes, carried our clothes in panniers affixed to the rear of the bike, and for some trips have even brought our own bikes with us.  It’s a lot of work…

Journal writing: from jumbled entry to meaningful prose

I just re-read a journal entry I had written and found myself laughing aloud! My entry–hastily written in free flow– sounded like it was written by a barely literate drunk. Misplaced modifiers, a soup of typos, crazy shifts in tenses and viewpoints.  And I consider myself a reasonably intelligent person?!…

Turn your Journal into an Heirloom Memoir

Guest Blog–by Maryan Pelland People who keep journals have much in common with professional writers, except they don’t get paid. Journaling chronicles what you’re doing, or thinking, or feeling, or observing in the moments of your experience. It’s not hard to see that the word journalist comes from journal. A…