Journaling Tips & Tools

  • Trauma-Sensitive Writing Exercise by Emelie Hill Dittmer.

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    Expressive writing can be a powerful tool for healing and processing trauma especially when "writing from the body," as Emelie Hill Dittmer explains in these Trauma-Sensitive Writing Exercises. I love "the story of your hand" exercise in this free resource. Access this immediate download now.
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  • Writing the Labyrinth Activity by Jackee Holder.

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    Have you ever walked a labyrinth?  Jackee Holder, a member of our IAJW Journal Council, has generously shared her Writing The Labyrinth tool.  This writing activity can help you solve a problem or find a solution to an issue you might be dealing with. Write your way into and out of the labyrinth to access your own inner wisdom. Being Writing the Labyrinth with this immediate downloadable tool!  
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  • Favourite Journaling, Expressive Writing & Creativity Books.  Get our suggested reading and reference list!

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    I love reading books about journaling, expressive writing and creative living.  I have put together a list of some of my favourite books and you can access it here. This reading list contains some of the best of the best journaling and writing books out there!  Of course, it is not all inclusive (because I am always buying and reading new books ;) I hope you love this list and it inspires both your reading and your writing! Created by Lynda Monk, Director, IAJW.org
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  • Write Now: 10 Journaling Benefits & 40 Writing Prompts by Lynda Monk.

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    In this Write Now free resource, you will discover 10 healing and wellness benefits of journaling and receive 40 reflective writing prompts.  Write for wellness and personal growth with transformational journaling. Access it now as an immediate download. Created by Lynda Monk, Director, IAJW.org
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  • As If It Already Is Journaling Activity by Meryl Cook.

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    This simply As If It Already Is journaling exercise can help you stay positive during this lengthy, and at times discouraging, pandemic time. Meryl Cook, an IAJW Journal Council Member, describes how this journaling activity has helped her to stay inspired during her life and business during this pandemic time. Access this free journaling exercise and try it for yourself!
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  • Mindful Writing Activity for Covid Times by John F. Evans.

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    Download this Mindful Writing Activity for Covid Times created by John F. Evans, one of our expert IAJW Journal Council Members.  This activity introduces you to 6 key elements of mindfulness with writing prompts for each one.  Try this mindful writing to heal journaling activity for replenishment during this pandemic time. Write to heal with mindful writing!  Get this journaling activity now.
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  • Alphabet for a Writer by Pat Schneider.  Inspiration for journal and life writers.

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    Access this beautiful Alphabet for a Writer poem by the late, Pat Schneider.  Pat was a member of our IAJW Journal Council and her books, words and poems were widely read and valued by many worldwide.  Print this 1 page Alphabet for a Writer and keep it nearby for inspiration as a journal writer! You can play with this by picking a letter in this poem and writing down what it says and let that be your journaling prompt!  Enjoy.
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  • Sheltering in Place Journaling Exercise for Covid times by Merle Saferstein.

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    This Sheltering in Place Journaling Exercise helps you tap into things that bring you joy and ease during this Covid pandemic. Inspired by an exercise from years ago at an Ira Progoff journaling workshop, Merle Saferstein, a member of our IAJW Journal Council, created this inspiring journaling exercise to support you at this time.  Get this free journaling tool as an immediate download. Write to renew.
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