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Author: Diana Lynn

The Joy Of Journaling and the Benefits

Do You Journal? By now, almost everyone has heard of journaling. But you’re not sure why it’s so beneficial or how to get started. Journaling is similar to keeping a diary, but it can be kept with specific self-help goals in mind. There are a number of reasons why people have kept journals throughout the ages. Many of the earliest ones in English were for the sake of reflecting on how the person could improve their life and be a better person. Interestingly, 2 of the earliest journals were written by women, Julian of Norwich, a nun, in the early 1370s, and Margery Kempe, a middle-class housewife in the 1430s. Journaling is the process of recording the events of your day. It can also be a way of setting goals. Track your progress. For example, if you are trying to find joy in the little things; A happiness journal can help. Or, maybe you’re trying to lose weight; keeping a weight loss journal can help. There are many mental and emotional benefits gained from journaling regularly. Studies have…

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It’s Been Awhile….

Blogging is… difficult to say the least. I need to make time, which would be easier if I knew what to share. What can I possibly write about that others want to hear? I don’t really know. So today I’m writing about what I’ve been doing lately. I’ve recently published a new journal that will help people keep track of what their friends or family said. Anytime you hear “I wish” or “I want” take that tidbit and log it in the journal. When it’s time to shop, flip to the page with the recipient’s name and find a better gift with the clues you’ve gathered throughout the months. I’ve also worked on a journal for school kids so they can journal about themselves and their friends during the year. They can get one each year. When they get older they will have a ‘diary’ of their school year. I’m still trying to edit and revise my novel… it’s a lot of hard work. I’m always learning ways to make my story flow with ease. Life has…

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Have a Good Reason to Keep a Journal

A Reason To Journal Think about the benefits of journaling and decide what your personal reason is for writing in a journal. This is often a personal decision, such as wanting to figure out why your anxiety or depression has increased, or wanting to express your feelings in a way where you feel safe and not judged. Decide what your reason is, and it will motivate you to keep writing. Click here to view a journal for your writing. This link is for a journal I published. It’s simple and easy to use to help you find something to write. However, there are many journals in the marketplace to choose from.

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Motivate Yourself to Journal Daily

Journal Daily Knowing why you should journal is just the beginning; you then need to motivate yourself to keep up with it. It’s generally recommended that you write in your journal every day, but at least doing it on a regular basis can be helpful. Come back here for more articles on easy ways to motivate yourself to keep journal writing. Click here to view a journal for your writing. This link is for a journal I published. It’s simple and easy to use to help you find something to write. However, there are many journals in the marketplace to choose from.

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Write A Novel, says my muse. Not now, I say

I’m knee deep in writing. I’m almost done with the novel I’ve been writing for the past three years. In and amongst those years I spent one month (NaNoWriMo) writing a cozy mystery. I can’t edit or revise it until I finish my Women’s Fiction story— only two scenes left to write, then the draft will be done, woot, woot! I completed an outline and wrote part of the second novel in the cozy mystery series. But when I wasn’t looking I was inspired and outlined the third story for the series. I’ve had the opportunity to meet agents and pitch my Women’s Fiction Novel. With reluctance (I wasn’t confident with my idea) I pitched the Cozy Mystery. Both stories were liked by the agents. I was then in a dilemma; write a series in one genre or a stand alone in a different genre; one book or many… Pick one and fly, but you can’t do both. One agent asked if I have other works for the Women’s Fiction genre. No, absolutely no other ideas. I decide to finish my…

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Thanksgiving, NaNoWriMo, and Relaxing

The Day After Thanksgiving I’m taking the day off; no cleaning, no cooking, no waiting on others and no-over-full belly. I’m enjoying a clean house; the one me, the husband and kids frantically did our best to make our home presentable for guests. I’m not planning on joining the crowds at any store. I’ve done my fair share of black Friday shopping and had great fun, but not today. Today my fun is to enjoy my home and leftovers by lounging in my warm pajamas and selecting videos from my movie library. I have sadly given up on my NaNoWriMo, too many distractions to stay on track. You may ask what it is I’m speak about… National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. I completed about 11,000 words. I have a story waiting to be written. However, I have not given up on writing. I have much to do and…

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Writing is more than art, it’s a business!

Writing consists of many things. There is the creative side and the business side. I attended the SF Algonkian Write to Market Conference this November 12-15, 2015. Our group (and, now, new writing friends) were blessed by Michael Neff who was dedicated in teaching us to become commercially published. Ann Garvin was just as committed as Michael. Their enthusiasm motivated us to work harder and do better. They gave us honest and professional evaluations of our novel or work-in-progress, Learning the art of pitching your novel is the business of marketing. After three days of writing, practicing, writing and practicing some more, we (the students) pitched to agents. It was a positive experience for us all. I have interest from three agents for my Women’s Fiction Novel. And one agent (I only pitched to one) for my Cozy Mystery Novel series. Getting validation for ideas I’ve worked on for many, many hours has put me on cloud nine! Now I have to edit and polish my work and sell my writing and not just an…


Where Has My Energy Gone?

Where is my energy? I woke up this morning after an incredibly long sleep, about seven and a half hours. Funny thing is I expected a bright start to the day. I found I was tired and my back was sore, too much time lying down. I entered the shower and realized I don’t have any energy. I wondered, how this could this be, I slept more than my usual six. I’ve heard, a hundred plus times, from numerous people declaring they don’t have any get-up-and-go. I’d nod my head in understanding. The truth is, I didn’t fully understand, until now. The ability to identify the loss must happen when it’s gone, when something is missing. – I’ve lost it and I don’t know when it happened. Is it a factor of age, nutrition, exercise, mental fatigue? I’m in my fifties. I don’t exercise too much. I don’t take vitamins as often as I should. In my mind, I picture an ambitious self, in action and moving forward. I ‘m writing the end of my story, editing the one I…


Why We Love Awesome – What Workshops Can Teach You

Yesterday was the last session of the “For Theme’s Sake” workshop given by Mary and Teresa, awesome people. I cannot say enough about these two women. They cheer us, writer’s, with an enthusiasm that we all need. I love their willingness to teach authors and share their well of knowledge. I have had the pleasure of meeting other authors through this workshop and my critique group. We are all trying to find our best (writer) voice. It’s wonderful to kick around ideas and knowledge.  It’s a delight to be around people who have or are working towards a finished novel, it’s inspiring, educational and confident building.   I really enjoyed the workshop; the teachers, students and the content. I learned so much and am more confident as I aim to deliver a story that will keep my readers turning the page. Thank you Mary E. Knippel and Teresa LeYung-Ryan Please visit Teresa’s Blog: Writing Coach Teresa asks: “How do you hook your reader at the middle of your book?” “I, Diana Lynn, believe everyone deserves a rainbow…


Feeling Discouraged…. can I really do this?

  Over the weekend I went to a workshop with two wonderful editor’s, Mary Knipple and Teresa LeYung Ryan, great ladies and always positive. I printed out my manuscript for the workshop and what a thrill, to see it, as one, neatly stacked pile of paper. What wasn’t so thrilling was seeing how rough my manuscript is.  Then I was looking forward to editing this from the beginning. But…. I have to finish my ending (I’m still working on it). Why am I discouraged? I’m feeling overwhelmed with the knowledge that I don’t have enough knowledge. Will it come to me? Will it be too hard? Am I good enough? Then. I start thinking I should quit and wonder why I’m even trying. But… I so desperately want to finish my story and run through my draft and polish it with the knowledge I have. I will continue to educate myself and make edits to my draft. Why? Because I need to. I am thankful for my writing friends who gave me a much needed pep talk. “Every…