file0001168789062Journaling coach Nathan Ohren told me the connection wasn’t immediately obvious to him–journaling and story writing. The founder of the Write4Life website and author of several journaling courses and workshops, he has more than 27 years of journaling experience behind him. But he says he never saw himself as a storyteller.

Well, heck. If you’ve been journaling the story of your life, you are a storyteller!

I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Nathan on his JournalTalk podcast, where we discussed some of the many cross-overs between journal writing and story writing. Beyond discussing the technical storycraft skills you can develop in your personal journal, we talked about the importance of being supremely open with yourself and using that honesty to make you a more authentic person, followed by a more authentic writer. We discussed the many therapeutic benefits of journal writing, of novel writing, and even of reading.

During the interview, I also discuss the major life events that led to my epiphanies on being honest with myself and being a story writer in my own journal. (It started with a stray dog.) These same events led to the writing of my new book, Journaling to Become a Better Writer.

So whether you’re a long-time wordsmith, or you’ve never set pen to paper, there should be something interesting here for you to enjoy.

Our 30-minute interview is now live and can be heard right here: Journal-Keeping Tips for Fiction Writers


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