The Many Faces of Journaling: Topics and Techniques for Personal Journal Writing / Edition 1

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The author shares her own true passion for journaling, providing not only advice but excerpts from her own journals.
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This is hard for a published writer to admit, but I've always put off personal journaling by saying "later." I have labored under the mistaken impression all these years that my writing time could be better spent using words to make a living or make an impression on others, and not for my own personal growth.
But my outlook on personal journaling has turned completely around after reading Linda C. Senn's enjoyable The Many Faces of Journaling. The author uses illustrations from a variety of personal and historical journals (including her own) to illustrate the numerous benefits and joys of journaling. There are untold gains to be received from the cathartic work of a therapeutic journal. Our imagination can be strengthened through word play and poetry in a creativity journal. Wonderful insights into our subconscious processes can be found by the keeping of a dream journal. A garden journal can help us sense the wonders and patterns in nature. Future generations can come to a deeper understanding of our daily existence and experiences from our chronological journaling and our travel journals.
Never has the sense of what I feel at this particular moment in history seemed so important and so easy to share, all thanks to the power of personal journaling. A true gem of a writer's guide, this book can help unlock the marvels that lie within each of us.
—C. Appel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966567274
  • Publisher: Pen Central Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 ~ Journaling Throughout History
Chapter 2 ~ Personal Growth & Goals Journaling
Chapter 3 ~ Therapeutic Journaling
Chapter 4 ~ Upbeat Journaling
Chapter 5 ~ Creativity Journaling
Chapter 6 ~ Journaling for the Next Generation
Chapter 7 ~ Historic Perspective Journaling
Chapter 8 ~ Nature & Gardening Journaling
Chapter 9 ~ Dream Journaling
Chapter 10 ~ Chronological Journaling
Chapter 11 ~ Travel Journaling

About the Author
Appendix A ~ Recommended Reading List
Appendix B ~ Create Fascinating Family Memoirs
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Of the many benefits of personal journaling, two lead the parade: coping with today and creating a legacy for tomorrow. One aspect may be more compelling than the other for you at the moment; but chances are you'll shift back and forth honoring both the now and the years to come.

Old journals are amazing portals to the past. I've kept journals in one form or another-detailed and spare, chronological and topically specific-for many years, and reading back over them reintroduces me to the many changes that have occurred in my life over that time . . .
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2001

    Enrich Your Life with Journaling

    In <I>The Many Faces of Journaling: Topics & Techniques for Personal Journal Writing,</I> author Linda C. Senn shares one of her lifelong passions. That this is a true passion of hers becomes immediately apparent as you read both her ideas about journaling and excerpts from her own journals.<P> Senn identifies two major advantages of journal writing: enhancing the present by making us more attuned to the world around us and preserving our observations both for ourselves and for future generations.<P> After providing a historical perspective on journal writing, Senn describes ten distinct kinds of journaling: Some focus on introspection; some inspire our creativity; some encourage observation of nature; some invite our unique perspective on historical events; some lead to rich resources for family genealogists; and some simply remind us of the joy and humor around us.<P> Best of all, perhaps, Senn relieves decades of guilt for those of us who have felt that we 'should' be keeping journals: '. . . that which is viewed as a burden seldom becomes a joy. Write what you want, when you want to. Approach journaling with love and humor, and leave the guilt-trips and 'shoulds' behind.'<P> Senn makes a compelling case for journaling. She clearly presents its benefits, and while she says there is no wrong way to journal, her many suggestions virtually guarantee success. The journal entries themselves -- her own and those of others -- comprise the most powerful testimony. They are the tangible evidence that will endure for generations. Those who keep journals will have this treasure; those who don't keep them will lack it.<P> In addition to being a helpful guide for any individual who wants to journal, <I>The Many Faces of Journaling: Topics & Techniques for Personal Journal Writing</I> would be appropriate for high school, college, or adult journaling classes.

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