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Day 12: October Journaling Adventure with The Joy of Writing Journal

My list for today included many places I’ve wanted to visit for a long time—India, Iceland, Utah—and a few I briefly glimpsed and wish to really see—Mount Shasta, Thailand. But the last entry surprised me—Israel. You could say I’ve internalized my parents’ fear of danger there—from the violence and bombing throughout my childhood. You’d be…

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Day 11: October Journaling Adventure with The Joy of Writing Journal

Today’s prompt stirs memories of my cousin’s bar mitzvah—all the ancient relatives from my dad’s side that I’ve never met before, or met once or twice. I’m eight or eleven and confused by all these seeming strangers. I feel particularly embarrassed when Grandma Stella sings. Her intense emotion makes Barbara Streisand seem tame… …Now that…

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Day 10: October Journaling Adventure with The Joy of Writing Journal

I love to write in the morning but it’s rare that I wake pre-dawn. Today’s prompt reminds me of a particular summer morning before or after ninth grade when I woke particularly early. While everyone else slept, I wrote in my journal. I lay in bed in our old Victorian New Brunswick summer house along…

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Day 9: October Journaling Adventure with The Joy of Writing Journal

I made my list of quirky character traits for Day 9 after writing in my dream journal and felt utterly uninspired to turn my traits into actual characaters. Or maybe just resistant. I hadn’t attempted fiction in ages. Or maybe I just wasn’t ready… Who am I to judge myself? Or anyone, for that matter….

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Day 8: October Journaling Adventure with The Joy of Writing Journal

Today’s meditation “Explore Your Inner Garden” came to me during a writing retreat at Kripalu Yoga and Conference Center. I was working on another book (the one I plan to publish next) and the whole garden metaphor came up as an inner landscape we can use to tap into our creativity and explore at will….

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Day 7: October Journaling Adventure with The Joy of Writing Journal

Today’s meditation, “Meet Your Muse,” is one of my favorite ways to help writers connect to their creativity and inner wisdom. I taught my writing coach this meditation so she could lead me through it whenever I am searching for answers. In today’s exploration, I journeyed to my muse. I felt the sun on my…

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Day 6: October Journaling Adventure with The Joy of Writing Journal

I would think that a rejuvenating activity would inspire rich exploration. But not on Day 6. I write my list and don’t feel like doing anything on the list. Instead, I skip to Day 7 and come back to my list the next day. I add “write dreams” to the list and write a short…

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Day 5: October Journaling Adventure with The Joy of Writing Journal

Today’s list-making prompted a list of a few of my favorite animals, as well as some animals that intimidate me, like the coyotes I hear baying outside my window on cold winter nights. When it came time to write, I combined a few of the animals. Coyote and owl became a “coyowl” and deer and…

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Day 4: October Journaling Adventure with The Joy of Writing Journal

I like to write in bed, first thing in morning. As I worked with today’s prompt, I ended up writing about my dream journal, where I record the night’s dream(s) and my associations and insights. As I write one scene, often more scenes surface. I might remember and write four or even five scenes on…

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Day 3: October Journaling Adventure with The Joy of Writing Journal

Returning to my day 3 list of things that spark joy, I’m struck by the very first entry “eating violets.” Violets taste so….well…purple to me. But I didn’t journal about eating violets. My journal writing begins with a feeling of despondency, then the woods where I find “the fey green ferns, dappled sunlight, dark wet…

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Day 2: October Journaling Adventure with The Joy of Writing Journal

Welcome to Day 2 on the journey through The Joy of Writing Journal. Here I share an excerpt from my journey and I hope you will share something about yours—an excerpt, an insight, a challenge, a joy… Journaling helps me derive meaning. In this excerpt, I begin to find meaning in my own resistance to…

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Day 1: October Journaling Adventure with The Joy of Writing Journal

Welcome to Day 1, where I share some excerpts from my journey through The Joy of Writing Journal and invite you to share an excerpt or a response to the experience. Join the community—read and comment/share! Sometimes writing for me is pure elation, but in today’s exercise I struggled with my inner critic. Here’s an…

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Day 0: October Journaling Adventure with The Joy of Writing Journal

Welcome to the journey of working through the 30 days of The Joy of Writing Journal. Get ready for fun, insights, playfulness and creative breakthroughs! If you want to get October’s super-brief daily email reminders to help you form your daily journaling habit, just purchase your copy of The Joy of Writing Journal on Amazon…

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How to Start Journaling: October Journaling Adventure

Perhaps you’ve heard about the many benefits of journaling—from creative expression to health and wellness to finding creative solutions to life’s challenges and much more. But do you wonder how to start journaling? Or how to return to journaling? Or how to enrich your journaling practice? How to Start Journaling Many people aren’t quite sure…

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Journaling: Writing Through Resistance

This summer I worked through the prompts in my upcoming book, The Joy of Writing Journal. Many times it flowed and sometimes I met internal resistance. You see, occasionally, I made my list as per the instructions (the ones I wrote for my readers!) in the exercise but then I felt resistance or even grouchy…

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When is it Time to Share My Writing? When to Hire an Editor?

It’s important to know when to hire an editor and when to share writing. You can wait too long or you can also share too soon! Sometimes people feel nervous when it comes time to share writing with me. They want to polish or perfect it before sending. And they wait and wait and wait….

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Writing About Trauma: Are You Protecting Readers from the Truth?

The other day, a client talked about how she’s written little pieces of her memoir, but that she felt blocked because she didn’t want to hurt the family members of her abuser by writing about the trauma. Two decades after the abuse, she met with her abuser to tell him how the abuse had impacted…

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Memoir Writing Advice to a Young and Hopeful Writer

Javier (not his real name) contacted me for memoir writing advice because he had a story to tell. And he wasn’t sure he knew how to tell it.   This book will be about navigating my life as a black, gay man. It will address my coming out experiences, gay stereotypes, getting involved with men…

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Know Your Readers

As I get ready to launch my book, The Joy of Writing Journal, on Sept. 22, I’ve been thinking deeply about my readers—”Who is this journal for?” and “What can it do for them?” Much like you may wonder about the readers of your own book. In a way, it seems like a simple question….

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12 Blogging Tips for Authors and Aspiring Authors

Today I’m sharing 12 blogging tips for authors, because blogging was one of the smartest and best things I ever did for my business as a book coach and author. In this post you’ll learn the why, how, what, when and more, in order to grow your community and write a book your readers will…

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