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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.

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

Use Your Words

Start an empowerment journal! Tap your inner strength by telling the truth about your life. Read more

Christmas Journals

Chronicle your holiday joys and celebrations in a journal dedicated to the traditions of the season. Read more

Exploring Your Sexual Self

Uncover intimate knowledge about yourself by journaling your sensual side. Read more

Write your Heart Out

Craft personal essays that really connect with your reader by incorporating these four crucial elements. Read more

Sharing Your Journals

Share your writing! Discover why journals for two can be a unique&#151and lasting&#151way to stay connected. Read more

Writer Mama Third Place

When Parenting and Writing Collide—Just Mom by Kathy Burns Read more

8 Basic Writing Blunders

These big-picture writing errors might make you cringe with recognition. But shake it off: Bestselling novelist Jerry B. Jenkins will help you fix them.

by Jerry B. Jenkins Read more

Journal Jolts

7 creative things you can do to find sketching inspiration. Read more

A Letter From Dad

From the “How to Convey What’s in Your Heart” article by Jaclynn Morris and Paul L. Fair Read more

20 Ways to Fill Page One

One might be the loneliest number, but it shouldn’t be the loneliest page. Use these ideas to start your journal off right. Read more

Finding My Way Back

When doctors and counselors could provide no help, a journal became the medicine that cured this accident victim of her fears. Read more

Three Thoughts on Personal Writing

Here are three writers’ takes on personal writing featured in Personal Journaling: Writing About Your Life, a Writer’s Digest magazine. Read more

Journal Sharing: Your Thoughts

We asked questions about journal sharing, keeping an online diary, and issues of privacy. Reader feedback, submitted via e-mail, represent the various experiences of journal-keepers everywhere. A selection of responses appears below. Read more

Rude Awakening

David Sedaris’ finely tuned essays are smart, witty and often utterly unkind. Read more

Music of Your Life

Capture your love of music in a journal dedicated to recording your life’s soundtrack. Read more

Advice on Preserving Your Journal

Keeping a journal can be a wonderful way to preserve your life story, but choosing the wrong kind of paper can destroy your words before your descendents are ever able to read and enjoy them. Inveterate journal-keeper Megan Fitzpatrick explains. Read more

Your Preservation Guide

Stop journal wear and tear with this complete guide to protecting your journals from the elements—and you. Read more

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