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#JournalChat Live transcript for 6/16/11



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#JournalChat Live transcript for 6/16/11

journalchat4:05pm via HootSuite
It's been a great launch of #JournalChat Live; thank you for joining me. Don't forget to refresh yourself; see you next time! #Journaling
DawnHerring4:05pm via HootSuite
It's been a great launch of #JournalChat Live; thank you for joining me. Don't forget to refresh yourself; see you next time! #Journaling
journalchat4:04pm via HootSuite
http://ow.ly/5jHY2 My #writing Services for your newspaper, newsletter, magazine, website. #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring4:04pm via HootSuite
http://ow.ly/5jHWQ My #writing Services for your newspaper, newsletter, magazine, website. #Journaling #JournalChat
journalchat4:03pm via HootSuite
http://ow.ly/5jHWu You can also check out and subscribe to my blog where Pick of the Day is posted M-F; plus my blog posts. #JournalChat
DawnHerring4:03pm via HootSuite
http://ow.ly/5jHWt You can also check out and subscribe to my blog where Pick of the Day is posted M-F; plus my blog posts. #JournalChat
DawnHerring4:03pm via HootSuite
http://ow.ly/5jHUF You can also check out and subscribe to my blog where Pick of the Day is posted M-F; plus my blog posts. #JournalChat
journalchat4:02pm via HootSuite
The next #JournalChat Live will be next Thursday, 6/23, at 4 pm. CST. Join us next time for #Journaling benefits and chat!
DawnHerring4:02pm via HootSuite
The next #JournalChat Live will be next Thursday, 6/23, at 4 pm. CST. Join us next time for #Journaling benefits and chat!
journalchat4:01pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry So glad you joined us. It was truly a delight. :)#Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring4:01pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry So glad you joined us. It was truly a delight. :)#Journaling #JournalChat
journalchat4:00pm via HootSuite
http://ow.ly/5jHQ9 For those who haven't, you can sign up for Refresh Journal, containing #journaling links/refreshing tips! #JournalChat
DawnHerring4:00pm via HootSuite
http://ow.ly/5jHOl For those who haven't, you can sign up for Refresh Journal, containing #journaling links/refreshing tips! #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:59pm via TweetChat
I'm really glad you are doing this, Dawn. Glad you were here, Thea.#JournalChat
journalchat3:58pm via HootSuite
Well, thank you both for joining #JournalChat Live; it's been a great chat!#Journaling
DawnHerring3:58pm via HootSuite
Well, thank you both for joining #JournalChat Live; it's been a great chat!#Journaling
journalchat3:58pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan It would be great to have you back, Thea, and you too, @bookmark_terry. Tell your friends about #JournalChat.
DawnHerring3:58pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan It would be great to have you back, Thea, and you too, @bookmark_terry. Tell your friends about #JournalChat.
journalchat3:57pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan As a matter of fact, yes! #JournalChat is weekly. I pull the topic from Pick of the Week; in Refresh Journal. #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:57pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan As a matter of fact, yes! #JournalChat is weekly. I pull the topic from Pick of the Week; in Refresh Journal. #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:57pm via TweetChat
I love that part. Lots of precious time to reflect on everything.#JournalChat
journalchat3:56pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry I have a calendar with lots of beautiful images of hummingbirds. They are so cool. #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:56pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry I have a calendar with lots of beautiful images of hummingbirds. They are so cool. #Journaling #JournalChat
theamillerryan3:56pm via TweetDeck
@JournalChat Do you do a #journalchat weekly? I will try to come again!
journalchat3:55pm via HootSuite
But that can be the fun part! RT @bookmark_terry: @DawnHerring Yes. Lots of sifting through. #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:55pm via HootSuite
But that can be the fun part! RT @bookmark_terry: @DawnHerring Yes. Lots of sifting through. #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:55pm via TweetChat
@theamillerryan I love birds so much! They are so beautiful. Growing up, I especially loved hummingbirds. #JournalChat
journalchat3:55pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan Sounds wonderful. Well, even stick figures can be art too. :) #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:55pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan Sounds wonderful. Well, even stick figures can be art too. :) #Journaling #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:54pm via TweetChat
@journalchat I agree completely. It's therapeutic. I can vent everything without fear of people's possible judgment. #JournalChat
journalchat3:54pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan Oh, I love to watch the birds. The mocking bird is my favorite. I've been talking about him in my journal. :) #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:54pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan Oh, I love to watch the birds. The mocking bird is my favorite. I've been talking about him in my journal. :) #JournalChat
journalchat3:53pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry Yes, but our journals are the best place to be long winded! :) #Journaling I fill my up in two months! #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:53pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry Yes, but our journals are the best place to be long winded! :) #Journaling I fill my up in two months! #JournalChat
theamillerryan3:53pm via TweetDeck
@JournalChat Yes, but I bring an artist in to show examples of the art part. My pictures are stick figures. :) #journalchat
journalchat3:52pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan That sounds wonderful, Thea. Does it combine text and art? #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:52pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan That sounds wonderful, Thea. Does it combine text and art? #Journaling #JournalChat
theamillerryan3:52pm via TweetDeck
@JournalChat I keep track of when I see the first monarchs, when our imprinted jay starts acting like the outside birds, etc. #journalchat
journalchat3:51pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry I guess it would be time to go back and review to find the good stuff.I've only done that a little. #JournalChat #Journaling
DawnHerring3:51pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry I guess it would be time to go back and review to find the good stuff.I've only done that a little. #JournalChat #Journaling
Bookmark_Terry3:51pm via TweetChat
Funny, isn't it? I never thought consciously about it -- just kept writing and saving. Long-winded, I guess. ;) #JournalChat
theamillerryan3:51pm via TweetDeck
@JournalChat We teach nature journaling at my office - a nature center. www.outdoorcampus.org #journalchat
journalchat3:50pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan I see nature #Journals in my #JournalChat Links a lot. More image. I haven't done any of that, yet. #Journaling
DawnHerring3:50pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan I see nature #Journals in my #JournalChat Links a lot. More image. I haven't done any of that, yet. #Journaling
Bookmark_Terry3:49pm via TweetChat
I've got over 20 I think. But, no. I won't bore anyone with all that. Lol.#JournalChat
theamillerryan3:48pm via TweetDeck
@JournalChat Interesting! I guess I've seen some birding journals published. #journalchat
journalchat3:48pm via HootSuite
How many do you have? RT @bookmark_terry: I'm going to publish my journals. #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:48pm via HootSuite
How many do you have? RT @bookmark_terry: I'm going to publish my journals. #JournalChat
journalchat3:48pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan Lots of folks publish journals as memoirs; with a little work and editing. #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:48pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan Lots of folks publish journals as memoirs; with a little work and editing. #Journaling #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:47pm via TweetChat
@theamillerryan Are you an artist too? Sorry if you already said.#JournalChat
journalchat3:47pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry It's never too late to learn something new; and I always say, it's never too late to start #Journaling#JournalChat
DawnHerring3:47pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry It's never too late to learn something new; and I always say, it's never too late to start #Journaling#JournalChat
theamillerryan3:47pm via TweetDeck
@Bookmark_Terry Interesting. Then do they become memoirs?#journalchat
Bookmark_Terry3:46pm via TweetChat
I'm going to publish my journals. #JournalChat
journalchat3:46pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry I've actually been immersing myself in water color books; self taught. But classes are great too. #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:46pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry I've actually been immersing myself in water color books; self taught. But classes are great too. #Journaling #JournalChat
journalchat3:45pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan I love that. It locks in the memory. Through association, I'll bet. LIke, Oh I remember that....#Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:45pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan I love that. It locks in the memory. Through association, I'll bet. LIke, Oh I remember that....#Journaling #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:45pm via TweetChat
You know? There are artists in my family. But I never had a chance to take a single art class. I want to now. #JournalChat
journalchat3:45pm via HootSuite
RT @theamillerryan: @JournalChat Images "lock in" the memory for me. I'm a visual person as much as a writer. #journalchat
DawnHerring3:45pm via HootSuite
RT @theamillerryan: @JournalChat Images "lock in" the memory for me. I'm a visual person as much as a writer. #journalchat
journalchat3:44pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry http://ow.ly/5jHj7 You can read an interview I did on my journaling life; gives a bit of info. #Journaling #Journalchat
DawnHerring3:44pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry http://ow.ly/5jHi3 You can read an interview I did on my journaling life; gives a bit of info. #Journaling #Journalchat
Bookmark_Terry3:44pm via TweetChat
@JournalChat @theamillerryan That's a great way to explain it. 'Locking in' #JournalChat
journalchat3:43pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry I've been an artist since childhood, but I didn't work w/ images in journals like I do now. <3. #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:43pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry I've been an artist since childhood, but I didn't work w/ images in journals like I do now. <3. #Journaling #JournalChat
theamillerryan3:42pm via TweetDeck
@JournalChat Images "lock in" the memory for me. I'm a visual person as much as a writer. #journalchat
journalchat3:42pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry And I try to BE an inspiration as well; it works both ways. More fodder for my journal. :) #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:42pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry And I try to BE an inspiration as well; it works both ways. More fodder for my journal. :) #Journaling #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:42pm via TweetChat
What made you interested in this, Dawn? An early passion?#JournalChat
journalchat3:41pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry Oh, yes. I love to be inspired by what's around me, especially those who encourage. :) #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:41pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry Oh, yes. I love to be inspired by what's around me, especially those who encourage. :) #Journaling #JournalChat
journalchat3:41pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry Oh, I love that! Image gives you something concrete to work with. #Journaling #JournalChat It's a great starting place.
DawnHerring3:41pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry Oh, I love that! Image gives you something concrete to work with. #Journaling #JournalChat It's a great starting place.
Bookmark_Terry3:40pm via TweetChat
I really hear that. I like to have as many inspirational images and books around me all the time. People too. #JournalChat
journalchat3:39pm via HootSuite
the thing I enjoy the most is working with image that makes me feel intrigued or inspired. #Journaling #Journalchat
DawnHerring3:39pm via HootSuite
the thing I enjoy the most is working with image that makes me feel intrigued or inspired. #Journaling #Journalchat
Bookmark_Terry3:39pm via TweetChat
When memories are just a feeling or sense of something, images give me those concrete impressions again. I can find words. #JournalChat
journalchat3:38pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry Oh, I'm constantly encouraging young children to journal; I realize it is so beneficial & validating#Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:38pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry Oh, I'm constantly encouraging young children to journal; I realize it is so beneficial & validating#Journaling #JournalChat
journalchat3:37pm via HootSuite
Can you ladies tell me how image has benefited you the most in your journal practice? #Journaling #Journalchat
DawnHerring3:37pm via HootSuite
Can you ladies tell me how image has benefited you the most in your journal practice? #Journaling #Journalchat
Bookmark_Terry3:36pm via TweetChat
@pattitwg @journalchat I admire you mothers who encourage such good things early in your kids' lives. #JournalChat
journalchat3:36pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry I know exactly what you mean! ;)) #JournalChat#Journaling helps us remember what happened yesterday. :)
DawnHerring3:36pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry I know exactly what you mean! ;)) #JournalChat#Journaling helps us remember what happened yesterday. :)
journalchat3:34pm via HootSuite
@pattitwg I suggest letting them pick their own journal or their own purpose. Doodling, poetry, art, words. #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:34pm via HootSuite
@pattitwg I suggest letting them pick their own journal or their own purpose. Doodling, poetry, art, words. #Journaling #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:33pm via TweetChat
Our memories do fade. Unfortunately. I can't remember what I'm doing from minute to minute. :)) #JournalChat
journalchat3:33pm via HootSuite
@pattitwg Welcome to #JournalChat; I have a host of #Journaling links for #Kids http://ow.ly/5jGVf #JournalChat Hope that helps!
DawnHerring3:33pm via HootSuite
@pattitwg Welcome to #JournalChat; I have a host of #Journaling links for #Kids http://ow.ly/5jGUG #JournalChat Hope that helps!
Bookmark_Terry3:32pm via TweetChat
My comments are too long. Trying to pare them down. #JournalChat
journalchat3:32pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan And our memories don't work near as well without those journals to show for it, do they? #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:32pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan And our memories don't work near as well without those journals to show for it, do they? #Journaling #JournalChat
journalchat3:31pm via HootSuite
http://ow.ly/5jGPP Here's a link with Thea's article on #travel#journaling. It's fab! #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:31pm via HootSuite
http://ow.ly/5jGOr Here's a link with Thea's article on #travel#journaling. It's fab! #JournalChat
PattiTWG3:30pm via web
@JournalChat Me too! Trying to get my kids turned onto it. #JournalChat
journalchat3:30pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan Yes, it's great to have things like journals to have memories of good times. #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:30pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan Yes, it's great to have things like journals to have memories of good times. #Journaling #JournalChat
theamillerryan3:30pm via TweetDeck
@DawnHerring They're very glad I did them. Now the memories aren't gone with time. :) #journalchat
journalchat3:29pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan Probably because they didn't know the benefits. Too bad they didn't try it too. Glad you did and do!#Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:29pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan Probably because they didn't know the benefits. Too bad they didn't try it too. Glad you did and do!#Journaling #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:28pm via TweetChat
@theamilleryryan I'll check out your travel journals. #JournalChat
journalchat3:28pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry So glad to be of help! Yes, check out Julia's book. I love it. Lots of cool creative things to do. #JournalChat #Journaling
DawnHerring3:28pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry So glad to be of help! Yes, check out Julia's book. I love it. Lots of cool creative things to do. #JournalChat #Journaling
theamillerryan3:28pm via TweetDeck
@DawnHerring Thank you! #journalchat My girlfriends used to make fun of me, but now we're glad we have the journals to remind us. :)
journalchat3:27pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan Oh, yes, Thea. Welcome! I loved your aritcle on trip/travel journals. :) #JournalChat #Journaling
DawnHerring3:27pm via HootSuite
@theamillerryan Oh, yes, Thea. Welcome! I loved your aritcle on trip/travel journals. :) #JournalChat #Journaling
Bookmark_Terry3:26pm via TweetChat
I'll look up The Vein of Gold today. So glad I'm here. This is already helping me. #JournalChat
journalchat3:26pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry And there's no telling where it will lead. I love association with image; what it reminds me of. #Journaling#JournalChat
theamillerryan3:26pm via TweetDeck
I'm following #JournalChat right now. Chat about images in journals. I do trip journals. Crazy, messy trip journals. :)
DawnHerring3:26pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry And there's no telling where it will lead. I love association with image; what it reminds me of. #Journaling#JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:25pm via TweetChat
This is my first time here. So I'm not sure how to retweet, etc. I'll know next time. #JournalChat
journalchat3:25pm via HootSuite
I love Julia's book The Vein of Gold; that's how I got started with image work.I SO enjoy it. #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:25pm via HootSuite
I love Julia's book The Vein of Gold; that's how I got started with image work.I SO enjoy it. #Journaling #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:24pm via TweetChat
That's great. Images do evoke so much. Being able to find the words for it is one of my favourite pastimes. #JournalChat
journalchat3:24pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry So glad to hear it. Keep in touch and let me know how it goes. I recommend Julia Cameron's books. #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:24pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry So glad to hear it. Keep in touch and let me know how it goes. I recommend Julia Cameron's books. #Journaling #JournalChat
journalchat3:23pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry It's the best. Plus, I get to record all the great and not so great stuff. It's a legacy to leave to my kids. #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:23pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry It's the best. Plus, I get to record all the great and not so great stuff. It's a legacy to leave to my kids. #JournalChat
journalchat3:23pm via HootSuite
once I've used an image or want to in my #art #Journal, I will write about it in my personal journal as prep. #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:23pm via HootSuite
once I've used an image or want to in my #art #Journal, I will write about it in my personal journal as prep. #Journaling #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:22pm via TweetChat
I'm smiling as I read that. It's like the sad movie we need which isn't available at the video store. Let it all out. U know? #JournalChat
journalchat3:21pm via HootSuite
@thrivingwriter Thanks for the RT and welcome to #JournalChat Live. :)
journalchat3:21pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry Oh, absolutely! I love my journal; can't live without it! Angst, joy,all kinds of emotionon the pg. #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:21pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry Oh, absolutely! I love my journal; can't live without it! Angst, joy,all kinds of emotionon the pg. #Journaling #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:21pm via TweetChat
After this chat, I will try an art #journal. I do love that idea. Thanks for that.#JournalChat
journalchat3:19pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry I love to pull images from magazines that catch my eye. I set them aside to use in my art #journal. Love it. #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:19pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry I love to pull images from magazines that catch my eye. I set them aside to use in my art #journal. Love it. #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:19pm via TweetChat
Have you found journaling cathartic in any way in your life? #JournalChat
ThrivingWriter3:19pm via HootSuite
RT @DawnHerring: Images in our journals can help give us insight into our subconscious minds; open up avenues we didn't know about.#Journaling #JournalChat
journalchat3:19pm via HootSuite
That's fab!! Woot! RT @bookmark_terry: Yes. It saved me from my depression. It took a long time but it worked. Yay! #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:19pm via HootSuite
That's fab!! Woot! RT @bookmark_terry: Yes. It saved me from my depression. It took a long time but it worked. Yay! #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:18pm via TweetChat
Do you have a lot of journals, Dawn? #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:18pm via TweetChat
I really get the value of images. I'm still trying to develop that skill in myself. #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:17pm via TweetChat
Yes. It saved me from my depression. It took a long time but it worked. Yay! #JournalChat
journalchat3:16pm via HootSuite
Images in our journals can help give us insight into our subconscious minds; open up avenues we didn't know about. #Journaling#JournalChat
DawnHerring3:16pm via HootSuite
Images in our journals can help give us insight into our subconscious minds; open up avenues we didn't know about. #Journaling#JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:16pm via TweetChat
Very true. I'm glad. But, if only we'd been encouraged...you know? But, we found our way or we wouldn't be here. Right? #JournalChat
journalchat3:16pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry Did you find #Journaling to be helpful with your depression? I just posted an article on that today. #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:16pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry Did you find #Journaling to be helpful with your depression? I just posted an article on that today. #JournalChat
journalchat3:15pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry That's cool. I've primarily been a word person in my journals. Mostly my art was separate. #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:15pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry That's cool. I've primarily been a word person in my journals. Mostly my art was separate. #Journaling #JournalChat
journalchat3:14pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry Sometimes fumbling is how we learn our way; it's fab you're still with it. Yes, kids are using #Journaling more.#JournalChat
DawnHerring3:14pm via HootSuite
@bookmark_terry Sometimes fumbling is how we learn our way; it's fab you're still with it. Yes, kids are using #Journaling more.#JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:14pm via TweetChat
No images. I was pretty depressed as a kid and just never expressed myself visually. Weird maybe. I don't know. #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:12pm via TweetChat
Grade 3. Wow. I think kids are encouraged more to write and find their voice. I just fumbled my way through. #JournalChat
journalchat3:12pm via HootSuite
Have you used image with them at all? RT @bookmark_terry: I have. I've got so many diaries and things. #JournalChat #Journaling
DawnHerring3:12pm via HootSuite
Have you used image with them at all? RT @bookmark_terry: I have. I've got so many diaries and things. #JournalChat #Journaling
RadioDisneyClub3:11pm via HootSuite
RT @DawnHerring: Really? That's fabulous! #Journaling RT @bookmark_terry: I've been journaling since I was about eight.#JournalChat
journalchat3:11pm via HootSuite
I uses image a lot during my younger years since #art was a big part of my youth; and it still is as an adult. #Journaling #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:11pm via HootSuite
I uses image a lot during my younger years since #art was a big part of my youth; and it still is as an adult. #Journaling #JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:11pm via TweetChat
I have. I've got so many diaries and things. #JournalChat
journalchat3:11pm via HootSuite
I wish I had known about #Journaling when I was younger, although I did write essays and poetry, so that was my way then. #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:11pm via HootSuite
I wish I had known about #Journaling when I was younger, although I did write essays and poetry, so that was my way then. #JournalChat
journalchat3:10pm via HootSuite
Really? That's fabulous! #Journaling RT @bookmark_terry: I've been journaling since I was about eight. #JournalChat
DawnHerring3:10pm via HootSuite
Really? That's fabulous! #Journaling RT @bookmark_terry: I've been journaling since I was about eight. #JournalChat
journalchat3:09pm via HootSuite
No, Josh, it is rare when I do.Although I should! :)RT @joshuabagby: @DawnHerring Do you read those old journal entries much?#JournalChat
Bookmark_Terry3:08pm via TweetChat
I've been journaling since I was about eight. #JournalChat
journalchat3:08pm via HootSuite
RT @joshuabagby: @DawnHerring Do you read those old journal entries much? #JournalChat
journalchat3:07pm via HootSuite
She also works with #collage, one of my favorite applications with using image. I love my #art journal! #JournalChat #Journaling
DawnHerring3:07pm via HootSuite
She also works with #collage, one of my favorite applications with using image. I love my #art journal! #JournalChat #Journaling
journalchat3:06pm via HootSuite
Lynda shared with me several ways she uses Image in her journals, through photos, random pictures, and post cards. #JournalChat#Journaling
DawnHerring3:06pm via HootSuite
Lynda shared with me several ways she uses Image in her journals, through photos, random pictures, and post cards. #JournalChat#Journaling
journalchat3:05pm via HootSuite
I have chosen an article by Lynda Monk @LifeWriterCoach for the Pick of the Week: http://ow.ly/5jFKa Topic: Image #Journaling #JournalChat
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Now that I've introduced myself, you're welcome to join in with your#Journaling comments using the #JournalChat hashtag.
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I also keep a spiritual and dream journal, & this year, I've added an art journal,where I do collage & watercolor. #JournalChat #Journaling
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I also keep a spiritual and dream journal, & this year, I've added an art journal,where I do collage & watercolor. #JournalChat #Journaling
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I've been keeping a personal journal for over 20 years with over 50 volumes filled. #JournalChat #Journaling
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I've been keeping a personal journal for over 20 years with over 50 volumes filled. #JournalChat #Journaling
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Welcome to the launch of #JournalChat Live, with the focus on#Journaling and its benefits. I'm your host, Dawn Herring.

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Wednesday's Pick (9/27) Dream Journaling Puts Your Dream Fairy Back to Work for You by Mari McCarthy

Tuesday's Pick (9/24) Journal, Breathe, Dissolve by Cate Baily

Monday's Pick (9/23) How to Keep a Career Journal by Dolly Garland

Wednesday's Pick (9/18) How Journaling Makes Everything Better by Faith Watson

Tuesday's Pick (9/17) The Simple Way to Leave Your Stress at Work by Drake Baer

Monday's Pick (9/16) Why Did You Stop Journaling? by Jennifer Sikora

Wednesday's Pick (9/11) 21 Ways I Use My Notebook by Mike Swickey

Tuesday's Pick (9/10) 5 Reasons Why Journaling is the Ultimate Tool for Self-Development

Monday's Pick (9/9) Allowing Space by Daisy Ann Hickman

Wednesday's Pick (8/28) From Journal to Memoir by Sharon Lippincott

Tuesday's Pick (8/27) The Dark Side of Journaling by Leary Gates

Monday's Pick (8/26) The One Easy Daily Habit That Makes Life More Awesome by Laura Vanderkam

Wednesday's Pick (8/21) "What Should I Write in My Journal?" by Quinn McDonald

Tuesday's Pick (8/20) 7 Tips I Have Learned About Connecting with My Purpose for Writing My Memoir by Kathleen Pooler

Monday's Pick (8/19) Beyond Certainty by Daisy Ann Hickman

Wednesday's Pick (8/14) Making the Mind-Body Connection by Mari McCarthy

Tuesday's Pick (8/13) Writing Prompts that Always Work by Christine Houser

Monday's Pick (8/12) What's Your Story by Debra DiPietro

Wednesday's Pick (8/7) 5 Reasons Journaling is a Life Changing Skill by Dolly Garland

Tuesday's Pick (8/6) A Two Step Journaling Process (for when you're feeling stuck or scared by Jill Winski

Monday's Pick (8/5) Blogging vs. Journaling by Diana Raab

Wednesday's Pick (7/31) Christian Journaling: Will Letters to God Overcome Resistance? by Thomas Freeman

Tuesday's Pick (7/30) Write It, Speak It, Just Try It by Michael Eric Frye

Monday's Pick (7/29) Pen to Paper: Soulful, Loving and Guilt Free Self-Care through Reflective Journaling by Lynda Monk

Wednesday's Pick (7/24) Voices in the City School by Dr. Julie Ann Connor

Tuesday's Pick (7/23) Start a Journaling Practice by Minette Riordan

Monday's Pick (7/22) Journal for Decisions Making by Mari McCarthy

Wednesday's Pick (7/17) Happy Beads by Juliet Platt

Tuesday's Pick (7/16) 360 Degree Journal Writing Tool by John Robson

Monday's Pick (7/15) Journal to the Center of Yourself by Jordan Rosenfeld

Wednesday's Pick (7/10) To Make Better Decisions, Map Them Out by Drake Baer

Tuesday's Pick (7/9) Comfort in Journaling by Susan Wilson

Monday's Pick (7/8) Don't Forget to Check Inside by Jill Winski

Wednesday's Pick (6/26) 5 Steps to Hot Summer Journaling by Mari McCarthy

Tuesday's Pick (6/25) How Art Journaling Saved My Life (and what it can do for you) by Kristal Norton

Monday's Pick (6/24) Journaling Your Way to Personal Growth by Marquita Herald

Wednesday's Pick (6/19) What is the difference between an ordinary and an extraordinary day? by Debra DiPietro

Tuesday's Pick (6/18) Dear Diary: The Importance of Keeping a Journal by Victoria Herrera

Monday's Pick (6/17) Why You Need to Run a Timelog (and How To Do It) by Scott H. Young

Wednesday's Pick (6/12) Coach's Corner: Danielle's Journal by Kim Ades

Tuesday's Pick (6/11) Journaling to the Center: How Writing Encourages Insight and Healing by Douglas Mitchell

Monday's Pick (6/10) Journal Writing: 5 Smart Reasons Why YOU Should Start Doing It TODAY by Ericson Ay Mires

Wednesday's Pick (6/5) Writing for Your Children by Hugh Roberts

Tuesday's Pick (6/4) Art Journal Inspiration: Open Up Your Journal and Play by Tammy Garcia

Monday's Pick (6/3) Journaling Time: Let's Take a Fearless Inventory by Terri Cole

Friday's Pick (5/31) "Dear Journal" - Journaling Insights #2 by Juliet Platt

Wednesday's Pick (5/29) A Question of Privacy by Juliet Platt

Tuesday's Pick (5/28) Transformative Journal Writing by Janine VanderWhitte, LPC

Wednesday's Pick (5/22) Journaling: What I Learned About Tomorrow by Karen Samford

Tuesday's Pick (5/21) DIY Solo Retreat: Portrait of Self by Tina Bradley

Monday's Pick (5/20) Reflections on My Mother’s Circle of Love: A Memoir Moment by Kathleen Pooler


Wednesday's Pick (5/15) Creating the Space for Self-Exploration by Isabelle Rizo

Tuesday's Pick (5/14) Keeping a Journal Can Facilitate Good Writing by Sheila Bender

Monday's Pick (5/13) 10 Things You Should Write in Your Productivity Journal by Craig Jarrow

Friday's Pick (5/10) Write In Your Journal: Defrag Your Brain by Ruth Folit

Wednesday's Pick (5/8) Journaling: The Best Kept Secret for Staying in Shape by Karen Ficarelli


Tuesday's Pick (5/7) Journal Writing: Tweets for the Tweeps by Mari McCarthy

Monday's Pick (5/6) Six-Word Stories, Statements, and Exclamations: A Journaling Exercise by Eleanor Haley


Friday's Pick (5/3) Become an outrageous rock star – or write a journal by Juliet Platt

Tuesday's Pick (4/30) 12 New Ways to Get Your Journal On by Stephanie Seibel

Monday's Pick (4/29) Journaling Your Way to Discovery by Angela Wilkinson

Friday's Pick (4/26) Get More You Into Your Art Journal Pages by Tammy Garcia

Wednesday's Pick (4/24) How to Overcome Creative Blocks by Hannah Braime


Monday's Pick (4/22) Purposeful Pathway Biz Tip: Business Journaling by Caroline Gavin

Friday's Pick (4/19) Perfect Health: Journal Writing Your Way to a Better Body by Mari McCarthy

Wednesday's Pick (4/17) 5x5x5: The Simple Way to Achieve Your Big Hairy Audacious Goals by Hannah Braime


Tuesday's Pick (4/16) "If Only..." 3 Fun Journal Writing Prompts by Mari McCarthy

Monday's Pick (4/15) Inviting Silence by Daisy Ann Hickman

Friday's Pick (4/12) How Journal Writing Pushed Me Beyond My Limits by Joseph Bernard, Ph. D.


Wednesday's Pick (4/10) 4 Ways to Use Journaling to Calm Your Inner Critic by Hannah Braime

Tuesday's Pick (4/9) Kicking Fear to the Curb with Journaling by Jasmine Cianflone

Monday's Pick (4/8) Why Journal Writing is Soul Work by Lynda Monk

Friday's Pick (4/5) Continuous Reinvention=Blossoming Potentials by Tina Bradley

Wednesday's Pick (4/3) Write Into Your Pain by Amber Lea Starfire

Tuesday's Pick (4/2) Self Care Is NOT Selfish Care by Amy Frost

Friday's Pick (3/29) I Am sure of myself by Debra DiPietro

Wednesday's Pick (3/27) Speed Journaling: Get Your Self Unstuck Write Away by Mari McCarthy

Tuesday's Pick (3/26) Journaling for Self-Care: The Healing Power of Writing by Lynda Monk

Monday's Pick (3/25) Emotional Vomit on the Page by Julie Luek

Friday's Pick (3/22) Thursday Q&A // Journaling by Sarah Danaher

Wednesday's Pick (3/20) Which Is Better: Inspiration or Influence? by Cynthia Morris

Tuesday's Pick (3/19) Behavior Modification for the Creative Soul by Quinn McDonald


Friday's Pick (3/15) 3 Tips to Attract Abundance by Bethany Butzer, Ph.d.

Wednesday's Pick (3/13) I AM These Thirteen Things by Debra DiPietro

Tuesday's Pick (3/12) Wings--Art Journal by Norma Gomez

Monday's Pick (3/11) Clarity Heals Suffering by Nathan Ohren

Friday's Pick (3/8) Journaling Techniques: Writing on the Stream of Consciousness by Amber Lea Starfire

Wednesday's Pick (3/6) The Many Health Benefits of Journal Writing by Beth Miller

Tuesday's Pick (3/5) Art Journal Tip: Meditate with a Mandala by Valerie Storey

Monday's Pick (3/4) Feed Yourself Images-It's Good for You by Jill Winski

Friday's Pick (3/1) Tossed Aside by Daisy Ann Hickman

Wednesday's Pick (2/27) How to Use and Create Masks with Mixed Media Collage by Erin Leigh

Tuesday's Pick (2/26) The Doodle as SoulStory by Kristen Radden

Monday's Pick (2/25) How Food Journaling Helped Me Become a More Intuitive Eater by Sean Devenport


Wednesday's Pick (2/20) Taking Action on What You Know by Jill Winski

Tuesday's Pick (2/19) Journal to Find Your Core Self by Mari McCarthy

Monday's Pick (2/18) 10 Journaling Tips to Help You Heal, Grow, and Thrive by Loran Hills

Wednesday's Pick (2/13) Want to Start Journaling? Write One Sentence Per Day by Chamonix Thurston-Rattue

Tuesday's Pick (2/12) The Best Kept Secret in the Business of Ideas! by Kerry Kilpatrick

Monday's Pick (2/11) The Benefits of Keeping a Work Journal by Madeline Stilley

Wednesday's Pick (2/6) Keeping a Cancer Journal: Your Private Healing Journey by Dr. Laurie Nadel

Tuesday's Pick (2/5) Journal to Memoir: Planting Seeds for Story by Kathleen Pooler

Friday's Pick (2/1) Write Your Way to Change in the New Year by Debra Marrs

Wednesday's Pick (1/30) 10 Famous Authors on the Importance of Keeping a Journal by Emily Temple

Monday's Pick (1/28) What Are You Committed To? by Debra DiPietro

Friday's Pick (1/25) What to Write in Your Fancy Schmancy Journal by Ian Duncan

Wednesday's Pick (1/23) How to Restart Your Journaling Habit by Nathan Ohren

Tuesday's Pick (1/22) Art Journaling: Eyes Like Rudolph's Nose by Julie Kirk

Monday's Pick (1/21) Keeping a Writer's Journal by Dolly Garland

Friday's Pick (1/18) Three Fun Journaling Techniques to Open Your Heart after Brain Injury by Barbara Stahura

Wednesday's Pick (1/16) Uniquely You by Rachel Thomasian


Monday's Pick (1/14) What Should I Write In My Journal by Dolly Garland

Friday's Pick (1/11) Keep a Daily Journaling Practice Forever by Mari McCarthy

Tuesday's Pick (1/8) Blueprint for Daily Living by Terri Cole

Monday's Pick (1/7) Create the Life You Want- Start an Action Journal by Sherri Carter, MS

Friday's Pick (1/4) Preview 2013: Ten Journaling Questions to Help You Envision Your Ideal Life Next Year by Rosetta Thurman

Wednesday's Pick (1/2) Awakened Consciousness by Dr. Micheal Pearlman


Wednesday's Pick (12/19) Journaling by Rachel Thomasian

Tuesday's Pick (12/18) The Secret to Happiness and Productivity by Ken Makovsky

Monday's Pick (12/17) Journal Joy by Rebecca Jensen

Friday's Pick (12/14) 5 Steps to Achieving Your Goals (and creating the life you want) by Dolly Garland

Wednesday's Pick (12/12) Writing From Your Heart by Jacqui Malpass

Tuesday's Pick (12/11) Eleven ways to write away worry in a journal for a better night’s sleep by Debra DiPietro

Monday's Pick (12/10) Vulnerability and Courage by Quinn McDonald

Friday's Pick (12/7) 7 Astounding Benefits of Journal Writing by Juliet Platt

Wednesday's Pick (12/5) Make Travel Journaling Fun! by Jennifer Miller


Wednesday's Pick (11/28) Writing Tools: The Journal by Nutschell Windsor

Tuesday's Pick (11/27) 5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Journal Writing When the Words Won’t Flow by Adela Rubio

Monday's Pick (11/26) My Gratitude Journal Taught Me I am a Food-Obsessed, Greedy Cheater Who Still Loves Life by Jayleigh Lewis

Friday's Pick (11/16) Finding the Real You by Lynn Sambrano

Wednesday's Pick (11/14) Do You Aspire to Mediocrity? by Dolly Garland

Tuesday's Pick (11/13) Wouldn't It Be Interesting If...By Debra DiPietro

Friday's Pick (11/9) How Writing Saved My Weary, Pushed-to-the-Edge, New-Mother Soul by Karen Horneffer-Ginter, PhD

Wednesday's Pick (11/7) Travel Tuesdays: Writing and Reflecting by Michelle Cusolito

Tuesday's Pick (11/6) From Journal to Memoir: The Floorplan of Your Mind by Rita Jacobs, PhD

Monday's Pick (11/5) From Journal to Memoir: Capturing the Past through Sense Memory by Rita Jacobs, PhD

Friday's Pick (11/2) Just the Way You Are by Melanie Kindrachuk

Wednesday's Pick (10/31) A Journal Writing Prompt Blooms in My Garden by Ruth Folit

Tuesday's Pick (10/30) Want to Know Yourself Better? Ask Yourself These Questions by Gretchen Rubin

Monday's Pick (10/29) Moments Journal Writing Prompt by Karna Converse @LiteraryMama

Friday's Pick (10/26) Writing in My Journal by Carol Berg

Wednesday's Pick (10/24) Dealing with Fear This Halloween by Debra DiPietro

Tuesday's Pick (10/23) Journal Writing Ideas: Daily Gratitudes by Melissa Donovan

Monday's Pick (10/22) Art Journaling: No Rules by Leah Michon

Friday's Pick (10/19) How Writing Saved My Life by Amanda Duran

Wednesday's Pick (10/17) Make Journal Writing Therapy Your New Wake Up Call by Mari McCarthy

Tuesday's Pick (10/16) The Importance of Journaling by Ehen Akpan

Friday's Pick (10/12) Use Your Journal for Storytelling Practice by Amber Lea Starfire


Wednesday's Pick (10/10) 15 Things Every Woman Should Write Down Right Now by Amy Shearn


Tuesday's Pick (10/9) Feeling Like a Fraud? Fearlessly Embrace and Own All the Good! By Terri Cole

Monday's Pick (10/8) Journal Writing Therapy Playing Word Association by Mari McCarthy

Friday's Pick (10/5) A Weekend Wondering Exercise: What Will You Change? by Stacy Vajta

Tuesday's Pick (10/2) How to Get Past Fears That Stop You From Living Your Dreams by Dolly Garland


Tuesday's Pick (9/25) Writing in Your Dream Journal by Debra DiPietro

Monday's Pick (9/24) Letting Go by Sarah Richardson

Friday's Pick (9/21) A Weekend Wondering Exercise: Your Inner Critic by Stacy Vajta

Wednesday's Pick (9/19) What to do with the "E" word by Yvonne Root

Tuesday's Pick (9/18) What You See is What You Remember by Quinn McDonald

Monday's Pick (9/17) 16 Life Lessons Learned from Journaling by Dolly Garland

Friday's Pick (9/14) The Confusing Lines We Draw by Quinn McDonald

Wednesday's Pick (9/12) Do You Feel Guilty When You Don't Journal? by Dolly Garland

Tuesday's Pick (9/11) From Journal to Memoir: 8 Reasons to Keep a Journal by Rita D. Jacobs, PhD

Monday's Pick (9/10) Key Words: The Madeleines of Journal Writing by Joycelyn Campbell

Friday's Pick of the Day (9/7) How to Journal with Your Teen by Candy Gibbs


Tuesday's Pick (9/4) Wise Choices by Bruce Black

Friday's Pick (8/31) Journal Writing and Memoir: Using Your Journals for Research by Kat Collins

Wednesday's Pick (8/29) Journal Writing Shifts by Shannon

Tuesday's Pick (8/28) De-Clutter Your Cranium to Make Room for the Good Stuff by Terri Cole

Monday's Pick (8/27) One Journal for Everything or Separate Journals for Different Things? by Dolly Garland


Friday's Pick (8/24) Spark Your Self Acceptance with Three Small Questions by Rosie Molinary

Wednesday's Pick (8/22) Ahhh...Am I Really Ready for the Next Level?!?! by Molly Rider


Monday's Pick (8/20) Celebrating a Reached Goal by Quinn McDonald

Friday's Pick (8/17) Writing the Chapters of Your Life by Patti Testerman

Wednesday's Pick (8/15) Daily Creative Practice by Effy Wild

Tuesday's Pick (8/14) Warp Your Journal by Joel Basgall

Monday's Pick (8/13) When One Door Closes, Another Opens by Debra DiPietro

Friday's Pick (8/10) Re-Frame Your Fear of Failure by Terri Cole

Wednesday's Pick (8/8) 5 Ways to Develop Your Writing Style by Lisa Cherry

Tuesday's Pick (8/7) Journaling as a Coping Device by Kelley Harrell

Monday's Pick (8/6) Seeking Serenity: Journaling for Mindfulness by Bruce Black

Friday's Pick (8/3) Why I Gave Journaling Another Try by Leary Gates

Wednesday's Pick (8/1) How to Make Your Writing Pop and Shine by Jessica Morrow

Tuesday's Pick (7/31) Self-Confidence: What Is It, and Where Does It Come From by Dolly Garland

Monday's Pick (7/30) So I Will Write It All Down by Vivienne Borne

Friday's Pick (7/27) The Naked Writer by Laura M. Talley

Wednesday's Pick (7/25) The 5 Blessings of Keeping a Journal by Bruce Black

Tuesday's Pick (7/24) The Elevator Pitch the Write Way by Joanna Tebbs Young

Monday's Pick (7/23) Something Yours by Patty Froese

Friday's Pick (7/20) Journals and A Writing Exercise by Lauren B. Davis

Wednesday's Pick (7/18) Do You Have the Disease to Please? by Terri Cole

Tuesday's Pick (7/17) The 7 Benefits of Keeping a Daily Journal by Michael Hyatt

Monday's Pick (7/16) Jealousy: How to Work Through It by Quinn McDonald

Friday's Pick (7/13) What Are You Making Time for in Your Life? by Debra DiPietro

Wednesday's Pick (7/11) Journaling After Brain Injury by Barbara Stahura

Tuesday's Pick (7/10) 8 Ways Journaling Can Help Simplify Your Thoughts by Dolly Garland

Monday's Pick (7/9) I Create; Therefore I Am by Julie Flygare

Friday's Pick (7/6) Journal Writing with Children by Michelle

Monday's Pick (7/2) The Art of Journal Writing by Elizabeth Beck

Friday's Pick (6/29) Write for the Health of It: Five Reasons Why Writing is Good for Us by Debra DiPietro

Wednesday's Pick (6/27) Where is the Happy Happening? by Terri Cole






































































































Monday's Pick (12/26) Day 12: The Ritual to Get You Writing by Quinn McDonald


Tuesday's Pick (12/20) Journaling for Self-Discovery by Rosie Molinary

Friday's Pick (12/16) Journal Writing Prompt 31-Priorities by Dolly Garland

Monday's Pick (12/19) Keep a Dream Journal-Why Bother? by Patti Testerman

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Thursday's Pick (9/15) Journaling video by Will Steger









Thursday's Pick (9/1) A Challenge and Some Journalng Prompts by Amy Sorensen









Friday's Pick (8/19) Altars to Remember by Amanda



























(6/14): Journaling Your Travel with Book Journals

(6/13) Last Seen....Journaling

(6/10) Joy of Journal Writing

(6/9) Using Your Journal to Clear Your Clutter


(6/7) Personal Journaling Sure Beats a Bad Day

(6/6) 4 Journal Writing Prompts to Spark New Insights

(6/3) "What Oprah Knows For Sure"-#1

(6/2) Sharing Your Thank You and Love through Personal Journaling

(6/1) Kid Quotes are the Best

(5/31) Journaling-The Art of Deep Communication with the Self

(5/30) Spiral-Bound and Spellbound

(5/27) Dare to Dream

(5/26) What Lies Beneath

(5/25) Biggest Mistake Forgiven

(5/23) Journal Writing Your Wrong Ways

(5/20) Journaling Techniques for Writers with Tina M. Games

(5/18) Travel Journal For Kids

(5/17) Planning Ahead, Looking Back

(5/16) Journal Writing Prompt 21: Right Now

(5/13)Mind Your P's and Q's: Part V

(5/10) Art Journaling Prompt: Happiness

(5/09) Journaling with Photos

(5/6) MIA by Rachel with Pen to Paper

(5/5) How to Combine Reflective Writing with Meditation and Yoga

(5/4) Journaling

(5/3) A Week's Worth of Journaling Prompts: The Nature of Resistance

(5/2) Collages, Your Mom, and more

(4/29) Dear Diary: The 4 Payoffs from Writing a Work Journal

(4/28) Secrets Journaling Prompt

(4/27) The Miracle of Mindfulness

(4/26) Your Philosophy

(4/25) Journal Writing Basics: Ask How

(4/22) What Inspires You? What Excites You?

(4/21) Journal Writing Prompt 18: Busy Life/Stress/Responsibilities

(4/19) A Week's Worth of Journaling Prompts: Expanding Creativity


(4/15) Journal-Keeping: Tips and Ideas for Writers

(4/14) Mind Your P's and Q's: Part I

(4/13) Journal Writing Through Life's Passages: Moving

(4/12) Appreciate Journaling: Children Need to Write

(4/11) Journaling for Healing, Health, and Happiness
(4/7) Yellow Legal Pad

(4/6) Meet Brooke Snow! An Amazing Mom!

(3/30) Let the Left Brain Know What the Right Brain is Doing: An Interview with Dr. Lucia Capacchione

(3/28) Movies Journal Prompt

(3/25) The Power of Forgetting

(3/24) Ten Ways to Keep a Great Diary

(3/23) Journal to the Soul

(3/22) A Reflective Writing Honoring of Women's History Month

(3/21) A Week's Worth of Journaling Prompts: Vulnerability

(3/18) How Journaling Changed My Life: Receiving Journal Insight


(3/14) Let Them Play in the Backyard


(3/11) How to Keep a Journal When You Don't Ever Have Any Time

(3/10) Memories

(3/9) Journal Writing through Emotions: Disappointment

(3/8) Revolutionary Act 3: Reclaim Your Mornings

(3/7) 7 Reasons to Start a Journal

(3/4) "I Wish.."










































































































































































































































































































































Three Steps Toward Accountability...to Yourself (as published in SFC Newsletter, Dec 08 edition)

Accountability: to give a reckoning or explanation for one’s actions, responsible.

When most people think of accountability, they often negatively associate it with answering to others, such as a spouse, a friend, a mentor, or, in most cases, a boss. As a writer, you are your own boss, which is one of the reasons that you need to be accountable to yourself. And it can be a positive experience rather than a negative one.

The first step in being accountable to yourself as a writer is setting goals for your writing and keeping track of projects you want to finish. Incurring a deadline for yourself can help
motivate you in this area. This step can also include daily writing goals. Some authors plan how many words or pages per day they will write.
I’ve set goals for myself as a writer by making them reachable and attainable. This year I have set a goal to write at least one scene for my novel per week and at least one other piece,
whether it be memoir or essay, per week. That can mean just making notes, writing a first draft, or revising a draft.
As long as your goals keep you moving forward and you’re making progress, then you know you’re headed in the right direction.

Once you have your goals set, the next step in accountability to yourself is writing down what you accomplish each day. You can use a daily calendar just for writing or keep track of your
daily accomplishments on your computer. I designed a custom monthly writing calendar. It helps me track what I write daily, whether or not I’ve met my goal for the week, and it has
space for ideas for future writing pieces. I also have a spot to keep track of books I’m reading for that month. I use abbreviations to keep the daily writing easier and to save space. As I review each completed month, I can go back to see what I’ve accomplished and keep track of when I wrote each piece.
Whether you use something pre-made or customize something for yourself, use whatever works for you and helps you stay accountable to yourself.

A third, and perhaps most important, aspect in accountability in your writing is taking care of yourself as a writer. Than can mean giving yourself space and not being hard on yourself if
you don’t reach your goals each day or each week.
Flexibility and refreshment are paramount to your health as a writer. It also frees up your creativity and can actually help you produce more quality writing in the long run.
I enjoy writing in my journal, reading fiction or memoir, and watching a good movie with my family. Taking a walk, listening to music, talking with your family members, and just taking time to sit and enjoy life are all ways you can be good to
yourself—and ultimately accountable—as a writer.

Learn to celebrate your accomplishments and your uniqueness as a writer. That’s one of the best ways to be accountable—to yourself!