Journaling

All about journal writing: tips, techniques, and prompts.


30 Journaling Prompts to Help Get Through the Holidays 1

THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. Even when you are happily anticipating the celebrations, family gatherings and downtime from work, the holidays can be stressful. This year, because of the deep philosophical and political divides that emerged during the recent elections, stress levels are running particularly high. And if you are one […]


Journaling Prompt: A Letter to Your Younger Self 2

ONE WONDERFULLY EFFECTIVE JOURNALING TECHNIQUE is to write a letter to a younger version of yourself. The letter can be to yourself at a specific age or just the general “younger” you. Following is an example of such a letter written by a woman to herself at the age of fourteen […]


10 Journaling Prompts for Your Summer Vacation 1

SUMMER is a great time to journal, and summer vacation provides more time for writing as well as opportunities for new experiences, observation, and reflection. Whether your vacation is a month-long excursion to an exotic location, a staycation, or camping with family, these prompts will provide new ways to think […]


Journaling Prompts for Mothers 3

SOMETIMES IT SEEMS that I have been a mother for a very, very long time. My eldest son was nineteen when my youngest was born, and though they are all adults now, they will always be my children — always a source of care, concern, and love. Being a mother […]


Dream Journaling – An Interview with Nathan Ohren 3

I’M DELIGHTED to welcome Nathan Ohren, a fellow journal writing teacher and promoter of mindful living, to the Writing Through Life blog. I “met” Nathan online a couple of years ago through his JournalTalk podcast. We’ve stayed in touch and continue to share ideas with each other around ways to help others […]


Presidential Words Applied to Life and Love 3

I FOUND MYSELF EMBROILED in a bloggers dilemma as I sat down to write this week’s post. Sunday is Valentine’s day — I should write a post about love and about writing about love. On the other hand, Monday is the Presidents’ Day holiday. I should gather great quotes from our presidents […]


How to Bring Memories from the Fog to the Light of Day 3

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES of writing memoir is pulling partial memories into full and clear focus, and remembering the concrete details surrounding those memories. You might want to write about your first day of school, the first time you met your stepmother, or your relationship with your father. But when you […]


16 Quotes to Inspire Your Writing in 2016 4

I compiled these inspirational quotes, mostly from writers, to give you something to think about as you start your new writing year. Feel free to print this post and place it somewhere you can see it to remind you to believe in yourself. (1) Those who don’t believe in magic will […]