The New Diary

The New Diary

How to Use a Journal for Self-Guidance and Expanded Creativity

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780874771503
  • 320 Pages
  • TarcherPerigee
  • Adult


The New Diary is about a completely modern concept of journal writing. It has little to do with the rigid daily calendar diary you may have kept as a child or the factual travelogue you wrote to recall the Grand Canyon. Instead, it is a tool for tapping the full power of your inner resources.

The New Diary is as much for those who already keep a journal as it is for those who have never kept one. It does not tell you the “right” way to keep a diary; rather, it offers numerous possibilities for using the diary to achieve your own purposes. It is a place for you to clarify goals, visualize the future, and focus your engergies; a means of freeing your intuition and imagination; a workbook for exploring your dreams, your past, and your present life.

It is for everyone seeking concrete methods for dealing with personal problems. It is for women and men interested in achieving self-reliance and inner liberation, for artists and writers seeking new techniques for overcoming blocks to creativity.

Table of Contents

1. The New Diary
2. Beginnings
3. Privacy: To Share or Not to Share
4. Basic Diary Devices
5. Seven Special Techniques
6. Transforming Personal Problems
7. Discovering Joy
8. Dream Work
9. Eroticism
10. Overcoming Writing Blocks
11. The Diary as Time Machine
12. Diary Magic
13. Rereading the Plot of Your Life
14. Therapy and the Diary
15. Expanding Creativity
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