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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.

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

50 Prompts for Joyful Writing

How to celebrate and share your writing every day, even if you don’t publish your work. Read more

Indulge Yourself With a Comfort Journal

Self-nurturing is the foundation of a satisfying life, but it’s not second-nature. Learn how to comfort yourself. Read more

The 10 Commandments of Fiction Writing

Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.

by Raymond Obstfeld
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Create a Celebration Journal

Celebrate life in a journal you make, and create one more reason for celebration. Read more

I’ll Take the 5-Year Plan!

Keeping a five-year diary keeps your life in perspective, a few lines at a time. Read more

Self-Expression: Protect Your Words From Your Censor

Honor yourself by exercising honesty and courage in every journal entry. Read more

Becoming Intimate With Your Own Creative Impulses

Personal writing is the key to all writing, Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way, The Right to Write) tells Writer’s Digest‘s Brad Crawford. Read more

Dream Journal

Little Pieces, Big Messages Read more

Passing Her Message On

One mother did not want the lessons and inspiration of her daughter’s life to pass away. She published her story—using the words from her daughter’s journals. Read more

Capture the Complete Travel Picture

There’s no better way to record?and share?your adventures than by journaling. Read more

Writer Mama Second Place

When Parenting and Writing Collide—a 492 word essay by Mar Junge. Read more

Put Punch On The Page

Learn how to turn a personal story, joke or unique anecdote into a page-turning success. Author Steven James guides you through six easy steps guaranteed to keep your story powerful. Read more

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