A Classic Guide To Journal Writing, Tristine Rainer's The New Diary takes readers beyond the rigid calendar diary they may have kept as a child or travelogues of family vacations. A blueprint for efficient, productive and creative diary writing, it is a tool for tapping the full power of your inner resources. With more than 100,000 copies in print, The New Diary is as much for the novice journal-keeper as it is for those who have kept diaries their whole lives. It does not tell you the "right" way to keep a diary; rather, it offers numerous possibilities for using the diary to achieve your own purposes, such as:
- Clarifying your goals
- Focusing inner energies
- Freeing inhibitions and releasing your imagination
- Using a workbook to explore dream
- Writing about your life: past, present, and future
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Revised Edition 2004|
|Product dimensions:||5.48(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.83(d)|
|Age Range:||18 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Tristine Rainer is the director of the Center for Autobiographic Studies in Pasadena, California. She teaches autobiographic writing at the University of California Los Angeles and at the University of Southern California.
Table of Contents
1. The New Diary
3. Privacy: To Share or Not to Share
4. Basic Diary Devices
5. Seven Special Techniques
6. Transforming Personal Problems
7. Discovering Joy
8. Dream Work
10. Overcoming Writing Blocks
11. The Diary as Time Machine
12. Diary Magic
13. Rereading the Plot of Your Life
14. Therapy and the Diary
15. Expanding Creativity
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book at a bargain book store. If I had found it at a library first, I would definitely have bought it at any price. This book is an absolute treasure. I plan to buy another copy to loan out to my friends and loved ones. I admit that the first three chapters didn't excite me because there was nothing new for me as I have read many books about journaling. However, once past those first few chapters,I was floored. I found myself filling it with stick-it-notes and pulling all sorts of interesting quotes. I will be working through this fabulous book for a long time to come.
I attribute much of my success as a writer to my journaling, and this book is what inspired me to USE my journal as something more than a daily list of the day's happenings. After having read the book, I like to write a copy of her Basic Diary Devices. They come in two groups: The Four Natural Modes of Expression (catharsis, description, free-intuitive writing and reflection) and Seven Special Techniques (portrait, map of consciousness, guided imagery, altered point of view, unsent letter and dialogue). And that's only the first 100 pages! Although written in the late 1970s, this book doesn't feel outdated. She references the pop psych of the time, but it's nothing that isn't easily overlooked.
Reading through this book really helps you find a direction in your diary writing. It gives creative tips to help you open up your creativity and also how to be more honest with yourself naturally. It really helped me focus on who I really was. I recommend it for anyone who's having trouble keeping a steady journal, or even those that keep a steady one!