The inner journal critic

I have an inner journal critic. She often picks on me. Whenever I sit down to write She likes to laugh and shout and scoff. Creativity, she says, is not my thing. Why bother even try. Just stop right now and walk away. Save myself from the pain this day. For failure...

Memoir and personal history prompt – memories

A great way to evoke memories for your memoir or personal journal is to think about the past (of course!) and to pick out specific events that happened. You may only write a sentence or two about them but what I have found is that sometimes they turn into something...

Guidelines for using nature in your journal writing

If you want to add a little variety to your journal you will find that using nature in your journal writing will provide you with plenty of new material. To use nature journaling you simply expand on your current journaling which will be all about expressing your...

Winter Solstice means it is time to review, plan and hibernate

It is officially winter solstice in the UK December 21st 2013 at 17.11 until March 20th 2014 16.56pm GMT I plan my life and goals around the season. I know traditionally the new year is the time for resolutions and new goals but I like to wait until Spring.  Spring...

Crackanory on Dave

I have been watching Crackanory on Dave. Have you seen it? It’s stories for adults – for those of us old enough to remember Jackanory. I actually couldn’t sit long enough to watch Jackanory as a kid but as an adult I am loving Crackanory. Bad...

Favourite quotes by writers

Nothing inspires and motivates as much as a quote from someone who has been there and done that but what we love about writing quotes is that they are not always inspirational. Sometimes they are just intense and miserable… oh the life of a writer! Favourite...

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