Leaving a Trace: A Book Review

Leaving a Trace: A Book Review

By Catie Gosselin

Leaving a Trace: On Keeping a Journal

by Alexandra Johnson

Published by Back Bay Books

Ordering Information from Barnes and Noble

The idea of journaling seems to be catching on like wildfire lately. How to actually start, what to write and how to use completed journals, however, is a sticking point for many.

Leaving a Trace is written with many purposes in mind. It is divided into thirds, each addressing a specific aspect of journaling. The first section, The Successful Journal : Practical Inspiration is packed with helpful techniques to aid in getting pen to paper. Next, Transforming a Life : Patterns and Meaning discusses uses for existing journals, such as finding life patterns or reoccurring themes. The final section, Crossover : Moving a Journal into Creative Work provides techniques for using journals as a stepping stone for memoirs, novels, etc. In addition to practical examples, each chapter includes specific exercises to stop one's inner Censor, and move past creative obstacles.

Ms Johnson has done a masterful job creating a journaling guide that is both practical and inspiring. Whether the purpose of one's journal is for spiritual introspection, a family record, or the starting point for a larger work, Leaving a Trace is a fabulous guide.

About the Author:

Catie Gosselin is founder/editor of WomanLinks.com. She is a freelance writer, a homeschooling mom of two, and an avid fan of laughter, cats and chocolate (not necessarily in that order).

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