Keeping a Journal

What’s Your Story?

Tomorrow, Sunday 7/17/16, I’m part of the WriteTeachers Workshop (with Victoria Zackheim and Anne Perry) at Flintridge Bookstore in La Canada.  My first workshop is ‘Writing Your Life Into Story’ and I decided to make a post out of my notes for it (below).  If any of you haven’t started writing yet, or are stuck,…

Keeping a Journal: Non-negotiable

I used to be a little la-de-dah with my students about keeping journals. I’d tell them it was a really good idea, an easy way to write something every day, a way of collecting observations and memories, keeping track of their own emotions etc. And yes, all of the above and more, but I’ve now turned…

Why Keep a Journal

Here's an excerpt from the book I'm working on now,  Kicking In The Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises for Fiction, Memoir & Personal Essays. If you do the exercises I'd love to hear if they worked for you.                                          * "The journals are a way of finding out where I really am…They are…

Time and Place: Keeping a Journal

I’ve kept a journal since what now feels like the beginning of time. I have a cabinet in my office stacked with over a hundred college lined notebooks – (Stuart and Charlotte occasionally stage a break-in to chew on a few pages and distribute pounds of cat fur). In each stage of my life the…

Green Bananas

The day after I wrote the last post about finding something to be grateful for in your writing (hey, it was Thanksgiving), the New York Times style section did a piece about gratitude journals entitled “Let Us Give Thanks. In Writing.”  The reporter, Henry Fountain, found it a little hard to believe what Oprah and…