To name is a powerful act. Title your journal and the years you live.
Strive to have your essays evoke your connection to the world, and you will grab readers' empathy, affection and attention.
Here are several ways to fuel creative infernos.
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.
In her book Writing Personal Essays, author Sheila Bender gives these tips for those writers interested in publishing their personal essays.
Are your children's journals off limits? One parent says yesand here are six reasons why.
Everything you need to be creative, is already locked inside of you. Try this exercise to imagine someone else's life.
Live a life worth writing about! Venture from your daily routine, and leave this note on the door: Gone Journaling!
Benefit from the experience of sharing your journal writing with others.
Combine visual details with your words and add even more appeal to your favorite journal.
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.
Create, collect and share happiness in a book where friends, familyand even strangerswrite about what makes them smile.
Letting go of the past can be the first step toward living better in the present.
Indulge yourself with a journaling-retreat weekend.
Creating a timeline of your life in your journal can help you see more clearly how to get from Point A to Point B.
We rate the best computer programs for personal writing.
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.
Carve out a time and place for writing amid the rush of life. Learn to honor soul time.
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.
Learn how to use a journal to weather a life-threatening illness.
by Jack Heffron, author of The Writer's Idea Book
Guard your diary from trespassing eyes with a little creative protection.
How to celebrate and share your writing every day, even if you don't publish your work.
Self-nurturing is the foundation of a satisfying life, but it's not second-nature. Learn how to comfort yourself.
Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.
by Raymond Obstfeld