12 ways journaling can spark your creativity, support your writing and transform your life

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The Right Way to Journal

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Inspired to Write? Begin Playfully

In my possibly-very-controversial opinion, there’s a wrong way and a right way to journal. The right way naturally brings you good feelings—elation, joy, relief, triumph, peace. It may not feel good all the time, but over time you work through the challenging feelings. The wrong way makes you feel yucky. It puts you in an endless circle of yuckiness.

When I first became a writing coach, a client came to me who wrote in a journal, stream of consciousness, every morning. She’d read in a book that she shouldn’t worry about what she wrote, just get it all out.

Great if that works, but the more she wrote the more cranky and miserable she grew. Now, sometimes, to get to the root of an issue, you may need to travel to those deep, dark caverns in your psyche, but the idea is to shed light on the pain and feel good afterward–at least in my book.

This book will take you through a journaling process designed to bring joy over time: The Joy of Writing Journal: Spark Your Creativity in 8 Minutes a Day.


Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

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  1. Tara Crawford Roth says

    Great blog Lisa, very provocative and right on!
    I love how you evoke the intuitive side in many of your tips. I am sure your class tomorrow night will be just as packed with great information.

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