journal writing

The Dilemma of the Memoir

There are a couple of articles in the NY Times in yesterday’s and today’s paper about dilemmas that crop up with writing memoirs. The first article,  A Mother’s Memoir, A Son’s Anguish is about the memoir, The Lost Child: A Mother’s Story.  Author Julie Myerson has written about her son’s…

Journaling and Centering

Many people start with a calming or centering ritual before they write.  However, I’ve noticed  that at times—most recently when I awoke at about 3 AM and couldn’t go back to sleep—that the process went in the other direction. I awoke for no particular reason that I was aware, but…

The Information Age

The Information Age.  It’s the era in which we’re currently living.  But, do you feel better educated, better informed, better entertained?  Most will probably answer, yes, you are more informed.  But consider this: do you also often feel simply overwhelmed and moderately unsettled?! Some of the information you receive conflicts…

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…