• Learn the value and specific practices of journaling.

The Rewarding Practice of Journal Writing: A Guide for Starting and Keeping Your Personal Journal


James E. Miller first explains that a journal is not a diary. A journal focuses on a writer's inner life—his or her thoughts and feelings. It's more than just keeping track of life events. You may carry your journal with you and jot things as they pop up for you or you may write periodically as events unfold.

It can be helpful to give yourself permission to just write your thoughts and not give undue attention to spelling, punctuation and handwriting. What you write may surprise you. Writing often brings out thoughts you didn't realize you had. Being honest enough to discharge your emotions can be cathartic and healthy.

As the author notes, "The more you tell the truth, the less energy you'll need to expend in not seeing what you don't want to see. When you tell the truth, you'll have more energy to invest in seeing the world as it really is, and yourself and those around you for who all of you truly are. You become freer, and more whole, and more real."

The fundamentals of journaling are explained in 16 brief chapters. Many practical suggestions appear throughout.

The printed book is 64 pages long and measures 5 1/2" by 8 1/2".

The eBook is provided as both an .epub file (for the Nook, the Kobo eReader, and others) and a .mobi file (for the Kindle and others).

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