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Writing Short Stories & Essay Writing

Writing short stories, fiction and essays isn’t easy – in fact, the relative brevity of these pieces can make them even more challenging to create. Inside you’ll learn the best techniques for doing it well, and using those pieces as a springboard for lengthier works.

Reflect on Where You’re Going

Jump off the hamster wheel of life by using your writing time to find the path to a fulfilling future. Read more

Finding Your Inside Time

Dump your worries and obligations onto paper. Clear your mind, and start living the life you envisioned. Read more

Storytelling Medicine

A New Hampshire hospital is recording the stories of its elder patients—for healing and history. Read more

In Search of a Name

To name is a powerful act. Title your journal — and the years you live. Read more

A Pep Talk for Essayists

Strive to have your essays evoke your connection to the world, and you will grab readers’ empathy, affection and attention. Read more

Eleven Tips for Priming Your Creativity

Here are several ways to fuel creative infernos. Read more

Journaling Through Grief

Losing a child is devastating. Here’s the story of one mother who journaled through her sorrow and created a lasting tribute to her baby girl. Read more

Tips to Help You Publish Your Personal Essays

In her book Writing Personal Essays, author Sheila Bender gives these tips for those writers interested in publishing their personal essays. Read more

Should You LOOK?

Are your children’s journals off limits? One parent says yes—and here are six reasons why. Read more

Let Loose Your Creative Spirit

Everything you need to be creative, is already locked inside of you. Try this exercise to imagine someone else’s life. Read more

Gone Journaling

Live a life worth writing about! Venture from your daily routine, and leave this note on the door: Gone Journaling! Read more

The POWER of Group Journaling

Benefit from the experience of sharing your journal writing with others. Read more

Try Adding Art!

Combine visual details with your words and add even more appeal to your favorite journal. Read more

Crafting a First-person Essay

From choosing a topic to weighing your words, here’s a start-to-finish guide to writing an essay that makes a clear point without skimping on personal insight. Read more

Create a Happy Book!

Create, collect and share happiness in a book where friends, family—and even strangers—write about what makes them smile. Read more

Drop the Baggage and Move On

Letting go of the past can be the first step toward living better in the present. Read more

The Personal Journaling Guide to Journal-Writing Retreats

Indulge yourself with a journaling-retreat weekend. Read more

Getting Your Life in Line

Creating a timeline of your life in your journal can help you see more clearly how to get from Point A to Point B. Read more

The Personal Journaling Guide to Journaling Software

We rate the best computer programs for personal writing. Read more

The Hunt for Red-Hot Anecdotes

What’s the secret to finding great personal stories for articles when you’ve run out of usual suspects? Learn to make your writing up-close and personal by scoping out these four sure-fire resources. Read more

Create a Journaling Space

Carve out a time and place for writing amid the rush of life. Learn to honor soul time. Read more

Writing in Winter

Time introduces a new character to our lives each season, one with a temperature and temperament that affects our own. Take the time to record the details of your life in winter. Read more

Shelter From the Storm

Learn how to use a journal to weather a life-threatening illness. Read more

4 Steps for Developing Creative Ideas

by Jack Heffron, author of The Writer’s Idea Book Read more

Lock Up Your Private Writing

Guard your diary from trespassing eyes with a little creative protection. Read more

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