25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (and as a Person)

25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (And as a Person)

Reflective writing—or journaling—is a helpful practice in helping understand ourselves, and by extensions, the stories we intend to write. Author Jeanne Baker Guy offers 25 ways reflective writing can help you grow as a writer (and as a person).

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Voyager

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Stephanie Marie Thornton: On How an Entire Rewrite Added Suspense

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Creativity Is Making Small Choices

Creativity Is Making Small Choices

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Emigrate vs. Immigrate (Grammar Rules)

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A Conversation With Cai Emmons About Her Novel, Sinking Islands

A Conversation With Cai Emmons About Her Novel, Sinking Islands

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