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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.
This is an important resource for everyone who has considered keeping a journal. I keep one sporadically, to help me clarify thoughts and work through issues. If you've ever thought "I don't know what I'd write", this book is for you because it presents a large number of methods to get your thoughts going and offers different techniques depending on the nature of the issue at hand. For example, it explains how to write a conversation out between you and another person to resolve an open issue. I used this to "vent" about an issue with a friend who had grown distant. Surprisingly, when I wrote "her" part of the conversation, I was able to see her point of view much more clearly than I had before, and was able to approach her situation with compassion. I never had the conversation with my friend at all (I had my reasons), and the way I viewed the situation changed, and today we are very close again. The exercise was perfect for helping me get the issue off my chest and put it to rest. It's full of excellent methods for using the journal as a tool of growth, introspection and clarity.
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This year has been a year of growth. As I age, I have had a strong desire to put my thoughts on paper and really analyze what is really in my head. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mrs. Roger Wilco
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 9 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 16 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 18 months ago by Caron
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 on April 16, 2014 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.