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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.

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

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