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O’Shea approaches journal writing as a therapeutic tool and an aid to helping journal keepers discover new strengths and develop others, find previously unsuspected dimensions and depths of their personalities, and uncover and confront painful realities. This self-discovery combines depth with breadth, so as the writer records both life’s mundane minutiae and family-altering crises, he or she acquires knowledge of the most valuable kind from dreams and candid accounts of personal crimes and misdemeanors. O’Shea includes her own journal entries in each chapter, covering different eras in her life, and provides writing tips and journaling exercises developed to empower the act of externalizing thoughts, feelings, and, ultimately, oneself. She also includes instructive passages from the journals of notable writers, such as Louisa May Alcott, who records her winter’s earnings in 1855: $120, which includes $20 for her stories—“if I am ever paid.” A listing of sources rounds out this interesting addition to journaling aids that emphasizes “it’s not the rereading where one finds solace but in the writing itself.” --Whitney Scott
Samara O'Shea is the author of For the Love of Letters: A 21st-Century Guide to the Art of Letter Writing as well as a blogger for The Huffington Post.
Note to Self has some great ideas for keeping your journal! I've been a struggling journal writer for years, following this book has really helped me stick with it!Published 10 months ago by Dave DeCoursey
I very much enjoyed reading O'Shea's book about journaling. She provides a frank, honest, and sincere approach to using writing to connect with yourself. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bakari Chavanu
I almost never write reviews, but I had to for this book. I've kept a journal for three years, and I've read multiple books about journals. Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by Sophia
great book. some of the things she writes and talks about are incredible. she holds nothing back when talking about the most personal and intimate details of her life. i appluad. Read morePublished on March 31, 2011 by John Crist
I always heard that journal writing was good for the body and the soul. People always said that journaling was a great way to deal with the stresses of everyday life. Read morePublished on November 9, 2010 by SW
Samara O'Shea has done it again with yet another fun and candid look at the world of writing. This time she gives us her take on journal writing, an art that sems to be fading away... Read morePublished on September 18, 2010 by Tim Dee J.
This isn't a book to gift unless you know your friend is okay with graphic sexual content and drug references. I did enjoy Ms. Read morePublished on November 9, 2009 by SAlaska
You'll love this book. A "Note to Self" is a beautifully written book that inspired me to start my own journal. Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by K Book Rose
I have been an avid journaler for ten years, but had started to lose the passion for it. Reading Note to Self, renewed my love of journaling and made me remember why I... Read morePublished on March 30, 2009 by Lisa Lumpkin