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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.

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

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