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The New Diary Paperback – July 1, 1979
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Extensively researched, useful...all you've wanted to know. -- Los Angeles Times
Perceptive and readable from start to finish. -- Publisher's Weekly
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I think that this is a FANTASTIC book for beginners (and well beyond) -- especially those who journal only sporadically or repeatedly "give up" and throw out journals, feeling like we've failed at it...The New Diary will give you a NEW perspective!! With this book, you'll learn HOW to journal effectively -- what it really means, changing your perceptions of how it "should" be done...allowing you to use it more effectively in discovering yourself!!
I must say that when I ordered this book, I had NO idea that it was originally published in 1978...if I had known that I would NOT have ordered it...but, as it turns out, this was a VERY fortuitous oversight on my part!! The New Diary defiantly holds up 20+ years later!!! There is a rather timeless quality about the information found here and and even greater timeless quality to the way in which it is presented!! The "seven special techniques" are very helpful (and used time and again -- in their own special ways -- in various other books on Journaling)...these are techniques that seem perfectly logical and "mundane...Read more ›
Unlike most journal guides today, which are generally highly structured prompt books, offer little more than a series of possible (or, according to the program, mandatory) topics or systems, Rainer offers broad kinds of writing and invites the reader to be aware of them as they guide themselves. Her four broad modes of writing encompass everything from automatic writing to cathartic (one form of this is The Artist's Way's Morning Pages) to the most crafted and reflective journal essay. Her seven special techniques (lists, dialog, etc.) have been used in specialized ways in countless other journaling books. She addresses special topics such as writing honestly about sex or deliberately recognizing joy in your journal (long before the Simple Abundance journal), as well. Yet, every suggestion is presented undogmatically, as a possibility among many.
The important issue of privacy (for the journal and its writer) gets as detailed and thoughtful a treatment as I've ever read. Rainer emphasizes integration of all aspects of life into one journal, rather than separate specialty or overly programatic journal writing. Best of all, she opens up the possibility of using self-reflection and observation to direct rich journal writing, rather than prompt and gimmick dependency. The wonderful examples she quotes are the best proof of how fruitful self-directed journal writing can be.
I've read many, many of the journal writing books on the market, and I have yet to find one that offers as much to the would-be journal writer or does so with such inspiring simplicity and eloquence as Tristine Rainer's book.
Because it offers such a variety of techniques to spark interest in sustained journal-keeping, this book will be useful to anyone who is interested in keeping a journal over an extended period of time.
One interesting curiousity about this work is the brief preface written by Anais Nin for this volume shortly before her death.
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In this book, she doesn't teach you how to keep a diary, but instead shows you how your diary can offer you so many possibilities. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ibrahim
Best book on journalling ever written. I think this is the 6th one Ive bought. I keep giving them as gifts.Published 10 months ago by Sandra Elliott
I have kept journals -- well... forever. I have boxes of journals dating back 45 years and I wrote before that on little scraps of paper. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Caron Ward
I've read several books about journaling, and I find this one is a classic. It should be available on the Kindle for wider readership. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bakari Chavanu
I was surprised by how helpful and engaging this book was. I had been afraid that this book would be a little too touchy-feely (I have read a few books on the same topic that... Read morePublished on March 31, 2010 by Bird That Flew
Journaling has enjoyed a sort of renaissance of late. The availability and popularity of pocket notebooks such as the Moleskine and the advent of the blog have brought this... Read morePublished on August 24, 2008 by Enamorato
Only one regret... I bought this book very late!
It is the best one I read about journaling. I'm gonna sell every others books I have about the subject. All you need is there.
Fantastic book for experienced diarist or beginners. Beautifully written and easy to read, I will use this book for reference purposes in the future. Read morePublished on September 15, 2007 by Katie K