Posts Tagged "journal writing"

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…

A Tip about Intense Emotional Writing

Yesterday evening, Beth Jacobs and I completed the last of the four-session webinar, Writing for Emotional Balance.  I, personally, found the webinar to be really informative.  If you are anything like me there are times when you use your journal to er, um, er… shall I say FULLY express your…

Accepting emotions

I am learning a lot during the webinar that Dr. Beth Jacobs is offering. The four session webinar is called Writing for Emotional Balance.  (She’s the author of the book Writing for Emotional Balance.) Last night, the second of a series of four sessions, Dr. Jacobs spoke about acceptance of…

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…

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…