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Thanksgiving and the 31 Days of Gratitude Journaling Challenge!

Thanksgiving and the 31 Days of Gratitude Journaling Challenge!

THANKSGIVING is, hands down, my favorite holiday, because it focuses on two very important aspects of life: family and gratitude for what we have. (Oh yes, and I get to bake lots and lots of pies.) So today, I want to express my gratitude for you, my reading and writing family. You enrich my life every single day with your insights and comments, your blog posts, your emails, and your responses to mine. Thank you for giving of yourselves the way you do, and for being such an important part of my life. Also, every year I like to take this opportunity[...]
How to Write Your Memoir: A 3-Step Guide by Jerry Jenkins

How to Write Your Memoir: A 3-Step Guide by Jerry Jenkins

THIS WEEK, I have the honor of hosting Jerry Jenkins, author of more than 180 books with sales of more than 70 million copies, including the best-selling Left Behind series. Twenty of Jerry's books have reached The New York Times best-seller list (seven debuting number one). This article was originally posted on jerryjenkins.com with the same title.  MEMOIR IS NOT just a fancy literary term for an autobiography. I say that from the start, because I hear the terms used interchangeably so often. Your memoir will be autobiographical, but it will not be your life story. Confused yet? Stay with me. Simply put, an autobiography is likely[...]
Annual Reader Survey and About Those Adverbs

Annual Reader Survey and About Those Adverbs

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR, when I begin planning articles and content for the following year! Please take 3 minutes to complete the following survey and help me provide the most relevant and helpful content for you in 2018. As a thank you for your time and thoughtful feedback, when you enter your name and email at the bottom of the survey, you will be automatically entered into a drawing for a FREE personal, 30-minute coaching session with me. The drawing will be held the first week of January and winner announced on January 8, 2018. After you've completed the survey, scroll down[...]
Read Like a Writer, Part 10: First Impressions - Born to Run

Read Like a Writer, Part 10: First Impressions - Born to Run

THIS IS THE FIRST OF THREE ARTICLES, in which I discuss Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, Born to Run. AFTER READING A SERIES OF MEMOIRS WRITTEN BY WOMEN, all filled with wonderfully lyrical and sensory-rich prose, I was struck by the raw, male voice in Springsteen’s memoir, Born to Run. Consider the simple declaration of the opening line in his preface: “I come from a boardwalk town where almost everything is tinged with a bit of fraud. So am I.” Raw and refreshingly modest for someone with so much success. That little three word sentence, “So am I,” reminds me of all the writers[...]
Why Journaling is One of the Most Powerful Ways to Transform Your Life

Why Journaling is One of the Most Powerful Ways to Transform Your Life

There is no question about it — journaling changes your life for the better. If you already journal, regularly or irregularly, you know this. You’ve experienced it. You’ll be able to affirm many of the points I make here and perhaps find some additional reasons to continue writing. If you’re one of those people who think you “should” journal, but don’t, then read on to discover many of the ways journaling can be used to grow and improve your life. I hope to motivate you to give it a try — or begin again in a new way. How does journaling transform[...]