Leaving a Trace: On Keeping a Journal

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Little, Brown, Sep 26, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 256 pages
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An inspirational, practical & literate guide to starting & keeping a journal - & transforming it into something permanent like a memoir or a novel. Leaving A Trace is a practical guide to keeping a journal successfully & transforming it into future projects. Each chapter features both narrative & tailored exercises for beginning & committed diarists. Beginners will turn first to quick ways to overcome inhibitions, get started & stay on course. Seasoned chroniclers will start diaries with a new slant: they will learn how to trigger inspiration with creative brainstorming exercises; how to note patterns in diaries they already have & how to shape their material.
 

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Read as part of my quest to jazz up my journaling a bit. This book was too serious for my purposes. Everyone the author cites is a published author. I don't necessarily want to write a book, I just ... Read full review

Contents

LEAVING A TRACE
Introduction
PART ONE
CHAPTER I
Myths and Mazes
Getting Lost on Purpose
Why Start a Journal
A Capacious Holdall
Journals and Decision Making
Clicks in Consciousness
Facts and Deeper Truths
Patterns Hidden Within Patterns
CHAPTER VII
Indexing
Uncovering Key Details
Linking the Life Patterns

The WellLived Examined Life
CHAPTER II
Censorship Privacy and Secrecy
Forward Forward
Diamonds of the Dustheap
Getting Going Staying Going
Hidden in Plain Sight
CHAPTER III
Finding the Image That Unlocks Them
Object Lessons
That Place
A Single Incident
Other People
CHAPTER IV
From I to Eye
Day Visas
Sharpening the Eye
The View from the Window
CHAPTER V
Journeying and Journals
The World at Home
Leaving a Trace for Others
Dreaming the Work
Doing the Unexpected with the Unexpected
Marking Lifes Milestones
A Gratitude Journal and Many Others
PART TWO
CHAPTER VI
Finding the Patterns
Focusing and Shaping Material
Finding Missing Links
CHAPTER VIII
Revising a Life
Finding the Thread
Defining Images
The Slowly Emerging SelfPortrait
Journals as Double Portraits
PART THREE
CHAPTER IX
Unlocking the Story
Shaping the Story with Details
Writing About the World
The Creative Legacy Others Pass On to Us
The World Reconstructed
CHAPTER X
The Other Faces in the Mirror
The Portrait Beneath the Portrait
Living to Tell the Tale
Stepping Back from the Story
CHAPTER XI
One for All
Redrafting the Self
Lovers and Other Strangers
Lost Diaries Preserved Memories
The Final Fate of Ones Journals
Transforming the Legacy
Acknowledgments
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About the author (2009)

She is the author of Hidden Writer: Diaries & the Creative Life, which won the PEN/Jerard Fund Award for nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in many national publications including The New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, & The Nation. She currently teaches memoir writing & creative nonfiction at Wellesley College & the Harvard Extension School, where she won the James E. Conway award for distinguished teacher of writing. She lives near Boston.

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