Resources for Journaling and Writing

Journaling and writing resources.

The Journal Newsletter

The Journal’s newsletter is no longer sent out. Previous issues are still available, though.


Writing Exercises

These Writing Exercises are a collection of prompts originally published in The Journal Newsletter. The prompts include journaling prompts, prose prompts, poetry prompts, free writing prompts, and memoir prompts.

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The exercises are updated each month, after the newsletter is published.

Unless otherwise specified, all prompts Copyright © by Susan Michael and David Michael.




How I Use The Journal

Users of The Journal (including the developer) share how they use The Journal for everything from daily journaling to coupon clipping to writing novels and organizing work notes.

There is no “Right Way” to use The Journal =)

In the monthly newsletter, and in the user email discussion list, you’ll read about a lot of features of The Journal. And, yes, there are a lot of features.

The Journal has been around since 1996, and in the years since, I’ve inserted/extended/wedged-in a *lot* of functionality, much of it suggested by users just like yourself. Hopefully, I’ve managed to include those new features and extensions in an unobtrusive way, rather than cluttering things up and making the software harder to use or more intimidating.

*BUT* just because all those features are there, does *NOT* mean you have to use them. You don’t even have to experiment with them. I won’t be insulted and the software won’t go into “sulk mode”. Promise.

I’ve tried to make The Journal flexible enough that you can do what you want, how you want. (That said, if The Journal does get in your way, let me know. There’s always room for improvement.)

In short: Do your own thing. Feel free to ignore any features or functionalities that aren’t useful to you.

However you use The Journal, that is *YOUR* Right Way.