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The Right Way to Journal

The right way to journal makes you feel good.

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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. The wrong way makes you feel yucky.

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.

Here’s an article I wrote for Aspire Magazine online to share how to journal the juicy, joyful way.

Also, if you’re thinking about writing a book and need help getting started–or if you’ve started and stopped and need help to move forward–join me and Leili McKinley for this free teleseminar on Wed. night, April 28 (tomorrow!). Send us your most burning questions about writing a book and becoming an author–or ask us right on the call!

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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