Journaling to Become a Better Writer: Self Discovery Through Truth and Fiction

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The next NaJoWriMo will be held starting April 1st. But to keep your journal writing juices flowing, I’ll be sharing awesome resources, tips, and ideas for using journal writing as a tool for personal growth, creativity, and achieving goals.

If you want to become a writer or improve your writing skills, journal writing is one of the best, if not the best way, to build writing fluency, explore ideas, and practice the craft of writing.

This month I’m pleased to share with you, Danielle Hanna’s  Journaling to Become a Better Writer. Author Danielle Hanna draws inspiration from the journal she’s been keeping since age five to write this book.

Taking writers, new and practiced, in hand, Danielle teaches them how to master wordcraft and reach the deepest levels of self-realization by viewing their lives as a story – with characters, plot, and climax – and by writing their journals like a novel – with the best fiction crafting techniques.

Believing that the best writers are those most deeply in touch with life, Hanna demonstrates how to “work from life models,” like an artist sketching in the park, learning first how to open your eyes, ears, and heart to observe the world around you. At every step, she helps you ask the hard questions that will answer how you feel about the events of your life and why you feel that way. Finally, she demonstrates how to express your discoveries in “kick-ass narrative.” Taking it all beyond your journal, she explores how writing fiction can itself be a form of journaling and self-therapy.

In the spirit of leading by example, Hanna shares pages straight out of her own journal, vividly demonstrating that real life is a story. Her tale is the most traumatic plot twist of her life: the stripping away of her family and her search for someone to finally call “Daddy” – a quest which almost claimed her life.

Part writing how-to book, part memoir, part self-discovery guide, this volume goes far beyond breathing inspiration into journaling and novel writing. It helps writers discover the story they were born to tell.

About the Author

DSC01646 (3) (481x640)Danielle Hanna learned how to read and write at age four, began keeping a journal at age five, and knew she wanted to be an author by the time she was seven. She writes crime fiction, not specifically for the excitement of guts and guns, but as a means to explore the true experiences of real people who have survived traumatic events and are looking for answers.

When she’s not riveted to her computer, you can find her camping, hiking, and biking with her dog Molly.

Visit Danielle’s website for more information and resources.

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Bakari Chavanu

is the creator of NaJoWriMo, and is the author of the interactive iBook, Starting From Day One: Using the Day One Journaling App to Record and Enrich Your Life

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