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A barrelful of tricks for getting the most benefit out of the exercise. -- Newsday

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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Tristine Rainer is the director of the Center for Autobiographic Studies in Pasadena, California. She teaches autobiographic writing at the University of California Los Angeles and at the University of Southern California.
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Updated edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874771501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874771503
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I found this book in 1990, I had no idea what a life changing experience reading it would prove to be. Over the years, I have experimented with the techniques and approaches the author suggests and I always discover something new about myself and my creativity in the process. It is at the top of my list of recommendations for diary and journal writers of all ages and experience. It is truly a classic.
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This is probably the best book on journaling I have ever read. I only have one hesitation in recommending it: I think that a person who is new to keeping a journal may find the book somewhat daunting. But for someone who has been doing this for a while, this book is bound to be inspirational and even exhilerating. I marked it up so much, I wonder if I left any page empty of my comments. Even though I have been an avid diarist for decades, I found many wonderful and new ideas in this book to keep me going for the rest of my life! Thank you to the author for her commitment to journaling.
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Inspiring...that is the first word that comes to mind when I think about 'The New Diary: How to Use a Journal for Self-Guidance and Expanded Creativity.' I have to admit that I've kept journals all my life...but only sporadically...this book has really helped me to understand ALL that a journal can be and how wonderfully helpful, illuminating, and creative it may become if used in a "new" way..."new" in this instance means getting away from the "calendar" or methodical recording that goes on in most journals...which is how most of us were originally taught to keep our diaries/journals.
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...
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These days, the market is awash in pre-packaged journals and books about journal writing, yet Tristine Rainer's 1979 book is still the best on the subject.

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.
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This is an excellent basic to intermediate how-to book on modern journal-keeping. More reflective in tone than _Journal to the Self_, the popular work by Kathleen Adams, _The New Diary_ discusses broader issues such as confidentiality and privacy instead of just giving "how tos," and offers many short excerpts drawn from the journals of others.
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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