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Can One Journal Writer Influence the World? (Let’s Find Out)

Note: This is a guest post by Kathi Ostrom Gowsell, a certified journal writing instructor and legacy facilitator, she believes there is a writer in all of us. She started Writing Life Matters to share her knowledge of journal writing as a tool to capture family legacy. If you’d like to read more, you can find her at Writing Life Matters

Everyone seems to be touting the benefits of keeping a journal these days. I’m glad. I’ve always believed the world would be a better place if more people picked up a favorite pen and wrote their hearts out on a regular basis.


99cent Books on Writing Promotion (One Day Only!)

This is a one day only (August, 9, 2017) chance to purchase 5 outstanding books on writing for 99cents each!

Books by: Jeff Goins, C. S. Lakin, Jennifer Blanchard,  Honorée Corder, and Bryan Hutchinson.


7 Incredible Reasons Every Writer Needs a Journal

Note: This is another awesome guest post by Frank McKinley, he’s a writing coach, a blogger, an idea guy, and an entrepreneur. He lives in Georgia with his wife, 2 kids, and a Labrador named Jake. His website is www.frankmckinleyauthor.com.

You’ve heard that Bryan Hutchinson published his memoir from the pages of his journal and that he’s now teaching a course, The Art of Positive Journaling.

You’ve seen beautiful pictures of journals for sale on Amazon.

You know that in court a diary (another word for a journal) is powerful and sometimes condemning evidence.

You know a journal can help you design your life. So, I have to ask…


How I Wrote My First Book (and How You Can Write Yours)

One of the most frequent questions I get is:

How did you write your first book?

All too often my answer seems to puzzle people. Not always – there are those who ‘get it’ right away, but most nod with a confused look and say something like “That’s interesting…” waiting for something more, a super secret-secret, perhaps.


The Superpower of Positive Journaling in Telling Your Story

Note: This is a guest post by Andrea Nordstrom, a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, with a degree from the Royal Holloway University of London. She’s also a professional success coach and a blogger @ The Art of ADD. She loves to write while the rest of the neighborhood is still sleeping.

If you want to change the direction your life is taking, positive journaling may help you steer it down a new path.


How Creative Journaling Encouraged My Novel Writing

Note: This is a guest post by Shayla Raquel, an expert editor, seasoned writer, and author-centric marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with authors and business owners every day. She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist and her novel-in-progress, The Suicide Tree. She lives in Oklahoma with her two dogs, Chanel and Wednesday. www.shaylaraquel.com

My sloppy cursive and teenage-angst-filled woes covered a couple dozen journals back in the day. But after college, my daily journal habit drifted away, replaced with the click-click-clack of my MacBook keyboard. So when Bryan Hutchinson asked me to write about journaling, I saw a golden opportunity for a new adventure: trying creative journaling for the first time.

I had an amazing experience with creative journaling, so I’ve got a few tips and words of advice for those looking to try it.


5 Very Effective Journaling Methods You Should Give a Try

Note: This post is by Positive Writer contributor, Nicole Gulotta. She’s the author of Eat This Poem: A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by Poetry, and pens a blog by the same name. Say hello on Twitter or Instagram.

If you’re struggling to maintain a consistent journal practice, it probably has nothing to do with your commitment. It’s all about choosing the best method for your lifestyle.


Journaling Can be a Life Changing Tool (You Just Need to Know How to Take Advantage of it)

Journaling isn’t merely about picking up any old pen and paper and jotting down musings. Journaling can be a life changing tool, which can give you the eye of the tiger and help shape your life the way you want it to be.

However, the problem with maintaining a journal is that most people only do it sporadically, sometimes starting and then usually forgetting about it again. For the longest time, that was me. The good news is that there’s a cure.


What Art School Failed to Teach Me About Writing & Rejection

Note: This is a guest post by Frank McKinley, he’s a writing coach, an entrepreneur, and an idea guy. His mission is to help writers engage readers, sell their ideas, and build their tribes. His blog can be found at frankmckinleyauthor.com

If you’re like me, you hate to hear the word “No.

Let’s face it. Rejection sucks. I’m an extrovert, so I generally expect a “yes” every time I ask anybody anything.

The truth is nobody is that charming.


17 Writing Lessons to Remember

Post by Positive Writer contributor The Magic Violinist

With all the information we have at our fingertips, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start and what to do and how to remember it all when it comes to writing. You might read eight different articles in a morning, all with various advice, and struggle to keep it at the forefront of your mind as you go about your day.

Because of this, I’ve compiled a list of 17 writing lessons you can access in one spot. These are all tips that have resonated with me recently, and hopefully, they make a difference with your writing, too.