The last week or so has me a little spooked. I’m questioning the condition of the global, national, and my family’s economic future. Anyone else out there having similar concerns, or is it just me?
Worrying about family investments, I’ve awakened in the middle of the night, unable to fall back to sleep. My choice was to lie in bed thinking about different economic scenarios and growing more and more anxious, or to write in my LifeJournal. I chose writing. I began by writing in free flow about what’s worrying me until I ran out of worries to write about. Then I switched to writing about those things that I have some control over. Within thirty to forty-five minutes, I was feeling more comfortable about things I can’t change and putting together a plan about what I might be able to change—and I was able to fall asleep. If you find yourself in worry mode, give journal writing a try and let me know if writing helps.
This newsletter has two articles: One describes Tristine Rainer’s keynote presentation at last June’s Journal Conference: 2008.Tristine Rainer is one of the pioneers of the modern diary and offered some fresh perspectives on journal writing in her speech. The second article, “How Journal Writing Helps Your Business Writing” is written by Mary Cullen, president of Iinstructional Solutions, who tells us how keeping a journal can improve your business writing skills.
Our first LifeJournal for Writers Webinar in September was successful, and I’m happy to announce that we are presenting more webinars. Please go to www.lifejournal.com/webinar_upcoming to learn more about our webinar offerings. Hope you can attend!
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Tristine Rainer and the Journal Conference: 2008
Tristine Rainer was a keynote speaker at the Journal Conference:2008 (produced by Kathleen Adams from the Center for Journal Therapy). Tristine Rainer holds a unique place in the history of journal writing. In 1978, she wrote one of the earliest contemporary books on journal writing, The New Diary.
One of her good friends and mentors was Anaïs Nin, who wrote volumes and volumes of diaries. Nin’s diaries have been published and are known for their depth, intimacy, and insights into the feminine psyche.
Anaïs Nin, in December 1976, wrote the preface to Rainer’s The New Diary. I include a portion of Non’s preface here because it gives a sense of how Nin views the diary and how Rainer has worked hard to bring the journal/diary further along in its evolution:
Business writing is a genre that is often mistakenly written with verbosity and formulaic writing. At first blush, business writing is a world away from the authenticity of journal writing. However, journal writing positively impacts business writing in two important ways:
2) Finding your own voice
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