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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.

    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

    5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction

    5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction Read more

    Journaling on Tape

    Record your life in sound, image and word. Try adding a dab of the audio-visual to your journaling ways. Read more

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