Write often and in your own voice

The concept of keeping a journal is relatively simple.  You just write. Right? But what makes your journal ever so more meaningful and important to you is that you: Write often. In your own voice. Peeking below the surface. About important stuff. How do you do that?  Consistently.  Playfully? Seriously!…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I have warm memories of Valentine’s day as a kid. My father would bring home three heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolate: A large one for my mother, and two smaller ones for my sister and I. As an adult I never bought into the commercial gifts of Valentine’s day–the little…

The Benefits of Journal Writing

Why do people keep journals? How does keeping a journal add to your life? My sense was that each person would have a unique answer to that question. But I wanted to find out myself, so I decided to ask a group of people who keep diaries. I’ve created a…

To Delete or Not Delete?

Sometimes people feel that a particular journal entry they have written is one that they never want to read  again. They want to burn it, rip it into shreds, and do away with it totally. I have a slightly different attitude:  I think that all of my writing–good, bad, beautiful…

New webinars available!

I am excited to introduce a new set of journal writing webinars that are now available in February and March.   See the column on the left for specifics. I am a big fan of webinars. Webinars are convenient and require no travel time.  They allow you to interact with some…

No time to write? Sure you do!

TIME: We often feel like we don’t have enough of it, and certainly not enough to spend on writing.  In the last two webinars that I’ve co-hosted–one with Sheila Bender and another with Sue Meyn–both included discussions about time and journal writing. During the webinar series about writing personal essays,…

Inauguration day!

The word “inauguration” is vibrating in my brain. Inauguration, inauguration.  Such a strange word; it doesn’t really flow easily off the tongue.  I wondered if the word “augur” was the root of the word, and found that indeed it is.  “Augur” is a divination, an omen, or a forecast.  So…

Journal Writing: A Remedy for Muddling Through Life

We all muddle through at times. In fact muddling is an inescapable place to be when you are finding your way in a new environment.  When you are working on a new job, learning new subject matter, or starting a new role in life, the way to begin is often…

Journals: Decoding the Invisible Ink of Your Life

When I was in elementary school I was intrigued by magic and how it worked.  I wasn’t as interested in performing the tricks as I was in understanding how they worked.  In one of the magic books I read there was information about invisible ink and how to make it…

Keeping a Journal Resolution

Many of us renew journal writing with vigor at the beginning of the year.  There’s a sense of turning a new page and starting the year fresh. with new habits and routines.  There certainly is a spike of LifeJournal sales this time of year–indicating many people make keeping a journal…