benefits of journal writing

Journal Captures “Divine Serendipity”

Just a quick note to let you know that we have a new recording of journal writer, Owen Swain, who has told us how keeping a journal has benefited his life.  Here’s a snip from his conversation that I particularly enjoyed: “I guess what’s one of the biggest surprises for…

Can’t see the forest for the trees?

When I write in my journal, I usually write about what’s in the forefront of my mind, what in Anais Nin’s words is “warm, vivid, and near to you at the moment.”  Perhaps I describe how my husband/co-worker/sister is agreeable or annoying or aloof.  About what went right today–or what…

Invest in Yourself!

You don’t need me to remind you about the challenging times we are living in. The question I pose is: What is the best strategy to make your way through these challenging times?  What can you invest in now to help you prosper in the future? My answer: now, more…

Welcoming Marlene Schiwy to the Talking Page

I read Marlene Schiwy’s book A Voice of Her Own: Women and the Journal-Writing Journey years ago. She writes with real depth and clarity about journal writing. As I thumb through the book that usually sits on a shelf beside my desk I find these inspiring quotes: “Like the ground…

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…

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,…

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…