A few months ago, I brought you my first wrap-up on a few books about journaling. Today, I am back with two more titles to add to the subject.
In Keeping a Journal You Love, Bender discusses the topic of journaling by example. She shares ideas, then demonstrates by leaving us real-life examples from other published writers.
In theory, this sounds like a great idea. In reality, I just don't think it was very helpful or interesting. I found one of the final chapters to be the most interesting where she shared practical strategies on how to generate writing ideas. The ideas shared were different and ones I look forward to trying. I only wish I had skipped the other chapters.
Life in Hand takes a different approach then the previous journaling books I have read by incorporating art. I am not an artist, unless you count my horribly drawn doodles or my painting via words. For this reason, this was just not the book for me. If you incorporate art (sketches, watercolors, etc.) into your journals, this one may be for you.
Through my adventures of reading about journaling and discussing it with others, I have learned that journaling can take a multitude of forms. Last week, I started a monthly feature to discuss journaling in all its forms, complete with audience participation. Be sure to check out the Journal Circle and join in the conversation!
Do you journal? What techniques or strategies do you use? Do you have any recommendations on journaling books?