The Journal Newsletter – August 2015

The Journal Newsletter

August 2015


August is Back to School month here in the United States! For The Journal, though, there are *always* discounts for students and teachers (and lots of other people):
Discounts Available for The Journal

An update of The Journal 7 is available. There have actually been two updates of The Journal 7 since the July newsletter, but only the most recent one matters. See “The Journal News” below for all the details.

This month’s tip tells you how to use the new distraction-free full screen editor, and we have a new set of writing prompts.

How do *YOU* use The Journal? If you would like to share how you use The Journal, I would love to hear from you. Email me your story (, tell me how you want to see your byline, and you will see your name in The Journal newsletter. =) See “Submission Information” at the end of this newsletter for more information.

Thank you for choosing The Journal!

The Journal News

The Journal 7 is the current release.

To see if you have the latest version of The Journal:

  1. Click on the “Help” menu in The Journal.
  2. Choose “Check for Update of The Journal”.

If you are using The Journal 6 (or an earlier version):

Tips & Tricks

TIP: Distraction-Free Editing with the Full Screen Editor

The Journal’s new Full Screen editor option gives you the power of distraction-free writing. The full screen editor covers your entire Windows desktop, so it’s just you and your writing. No toolbars. No blinking taskbar icons.

To activate the full screen editor, press: Ctrl+Shift+F11 (or click on the View menu and choose “Full Screen (distraction-free)”). To resume normal editing, press ESC at any time.

Most editing shortcuts (like Ctrl+B for Bold, Ctrl+I for Italic, Ctrl+C for Copy, and so on) are active in the Full Screen editor, so you still have the power of The Journal at your fingertips.

Journal on!

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter: “Double Down”

Journaling Prompt – When was the last time you took your own advice? How’d it go? What would you tell yourself now? Assuming you would listen.

Memoir Prompt – Make a list of the games you played as a child, as a teenager, and (if you’re like me) as an adult. Board games, video games, card games, any kind of game at all. Which games have you played the longest? Are the games the same now as they were then? If there are newer editions/versions, have you played them?

From Susan Michael:

Prose Exercise – Write a story using the title “Mistaken Identity”

Poem Exercise – Write a poem using the title “Results are In”

Submission Information

If you would like to contribute to the “How I Use The Journal”, “Writing Exercises”, or “Tips & Tricks” sections, or would like to submit an article about journaling, writing, or another The Journal-related topic, we would love to hear from you.

Submissions for the newsletter should be sent to:

If you are submitting for a particular section, please indicate which one. Try to limit your submissions to 500-1000 words. Submissions may be edited for length and content.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, please state this in the email. Otherwise your name (but not your email) will be used in the article heading.

As always, if you have any suggestions for, or bug reports about, The Journal, please feel free to email them. Both are always welcome.


The Journal Newsletter

Editor: David Michael (
The Journal Newsletter Copyright © 2015 by David Michael.
Updated: August 26, 2015 — 9:48 pm