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7 Super Useful Journaling Tips To Improve Success in the New Year

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Resolutions tend to be broken. Improve success by writing some of your resolutions or intentions in a journal.

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5 Tips for Inspiring Mindful Writing

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by Diana Raab Emotions can run amok during the busy holiday season. Mindful writing can help bring some respite into your life, and can also help you uncover your authentic voice and inspire the writer inside you. Most of us write mindfully, in that we’re writing what we’re feeling at the time we’re writing. Being […]

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7 Effective Ways to Incorporate Gratitude Into Your Writing

by Diana Raab, Ph.D. Ever since my childhood, Thanksgiving has been my very favorite national holiday. I like it because it’s a good reason for families to get together—free from materialistic motivations such as gift-giving—and more important, it’s an ideal time to offer thanks and express gratitude. We can express gratitude verbally to others, but […]

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Five Reasons to Try Writing for Wellness

by Diana Raab, Ph.D. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a good time to think about writing for wellness. A lot of research has been done on the healing power of expressive writing and how it reduces stress and strengthens the immune system. When you write down your deepest thoughts about a stressful event, […]

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Creating Your Writing Style: 5 Ways to Find Your Voice

by Diana Raab, Ph.D. Remember when your mother used to say, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it”? Well, that statement is all about voice. Your voice conveys your attitude, mood, and relationship to life. Your tone is the voice readers hear when they’re reading, and your voice affects how the reader […]

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Confession is Good For the Soul: 7 Ways to Stimulate Confessional Writing

by Diana Raab, Ph.D. “Confession is good for the soul in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff—it is a palliative rather than a remedy.” — Peter De Vries A few years back, I presented a workshop at the West Hollywood Book Festival called “Confessional Writing.” It was very well attended; in […]

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6 Ways to Write With Compassion

By Diana Raab, Ph.D. On July 6th, His Holiness the Dalai Lama turned 80 years old. That day has also been also named National Compassion Day. Many years ago, I saw the Dalai Lama speak at a local university. Knowing that I would be inspired by his words, I stood in line for the event […]

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7 Tips on Writing a Eulogy

by Diana Raab, Ph.D. It is inevitable that at one point in your life you will lose someone dear to you. If you are a writer, there is a good chance that you will be asked to write a eulogy. While the task is not always an easy one, it is a great honor to […]

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Six Essential Self-Awareness Strategies

by Diana Raab, Ph.D. Becoming self-aware is a key ingredient for undertaking any form of personal writing, whether your genre of choice is journaling, memoir, essay, poetry or memoir. Being self-aware leads to a deeper knowing, and ultimately, to self-realization which in turn results in a sense of wholeness and quite possibly, is the key […]

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Eight Ways to Nurture Poetry During April

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by Diana Raab, Ph.D. April is National Poetry month and if you have not written a poem since grade school, this might be a good time to try. If rhyming intimidates you, don’t worry, because modern day poetry has very little rhyme. Narrative poetry is the type most akin to memoir writing because it is […]

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