Danielle Hanna

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New Release: Journaling to Become a Better Writer


Book Cover: Journaling to Become a Better Writer

What do your novel-in-progress and your journal have in common? Maybe more than you think. Your life, after all, is a story. The tools you need to take your craft to the next level may be hiding right under your nose.

Danielle Hanna has been penning fiction since she was only four and keeping a journal since age five. In “Journaling to Become a Better Writer,” she bares pages from her own journal to illustrate the emotional depth and storytelling skill that can be achieved simply by writing the events of your life.

Side-by-side with her examples, she delves deep into techniques to explore what makes a story worth telling, what goes into real-life story structure, how to get in touch with your emotions, how to observe the world around you with laser focus, and how to bring passion into every word you write.

Along the way, she shares the most traumatic plot twist of her own life: the stripping away of her family and her search for someone to finally call “Daddy”–a quest which almost claimed her life.

Part writing how-to book, part memoir, part self-discovery guide, this volume will go far beyond breathing inspiration into your journaling and your novel writing. Whether you’re a multi-published author, a life-long journal writer, or have only dreamed of putting pen to paper, discover the story you were born to tell.

(189 pages)

Get Your Copy!

For Kindle: Amazon

For Nook: Barnes & Noble

For all reading devices: Smashwords

Coming soon to additional ebook retailers and print

More Journaling Resources

NaJoWriMo. Do you enjoy NaNoWriMo? Here’s an up-and-coming new thing called NaJoWriMo. That’s right. National Journal Writing Month. This event designed to help you form a journaling habit is slated to happen four times a year – January, April, July, and October – and features a beginner’s level (goal: write every day) and an advanced level (goal: 15,000 words). Be sure to subscribe to their blog for daily prompts during the challenge!

Write4Life. This website run by journaling coach Nathan Ohren features the JournalTalk Podcast, and a host of other journaling tools and inspirations. Be sure to check out my podcast interview with Nathan about my book: Journal-Keeping Tips for Fiction Writers.

#JournalChat Live. Looking to connect with other journal writers? Dawn Herring hosts the #JournalChat live chats on Facebook and Twitter.

A Novel Approach. One of the topics I discuss in the book is fiction as therapy–both reading it and writing it. The folks at The Center for Fiction have taken that idea to the next level with bibliotherapy. That’s right. After a 45-minute consultation in person, over the phone, or by email, they will hand-select a reading list prescribed just for you to help you with whatever issues you’re facing in life. COOL.

Renaissance Art: Fine Handcrafted Leather Books. For those of you who are most inspired by the texture of the page and the smell of good leather, Arthur Scharf provides hand-made leather journals. His selection is impressive, and he has plenty of stuff for those of you who like to journal on your electronic devices, too. Go ahead. Spoil yourself.

Suspense Enthusiasts: New Release!

I’ve been waiting on pins and needles for a long time to see this book come out! Way back when, I had the honor of critiquing the opening chapters, and I have been dying ever since to know whatever became of the little group of castaways. And now … IT’S HERE!

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All Marine Corps reservist Jake Chalmers wants is to give his dying wife a last, romantic cruise to the Philippines. Unable to save her in a mass murder aboard ship, he washes ashore an uninhabited jungle island, where he discovers three other survivors. Heartbroken that he failed to save his wife, he is determined not to fail these helpless castaways.

Federal prosecutor Eve Eriksson rescues a young girl and her elderly great-aunt from the same ship. They badly need Jake’s survival skills, but why is he so maddeningly careful? She needs to hurry home to nail a significant career trial. And, please, before Jake learns her secret that she’s responsible for his wife’s death.

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Don Prichard is a Viet Nam veteran who served in the Marine Corps Reserves for thirty-two years before retiring as a colonel. He is also a career architect, whose specialty in government work includes the design of prisons, courthouses, and military facilities.

Stephanie is an army brat who enjoyed living in many countries before settling down with Don to raise their family … and, eventually, to co-author the first of what they hope will be many books.

The novel officially releases on November 1st. But if you just can’t wait, you can read it as a FREE serialization on Don and Stephanie’s blog!

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Congratulations, Don and Steph!

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