Note to Self: On Keeping a Journal and Other Dangerous Pursuits
Keeping a journal is easy. Keeping a life-altering, soul-enlightening journal, however, is not. At its best, journaling can be among the most transformative of experiences, but you can only get there by learning how to express yourself fully and openly. Enter Samara O'Shea.
O'Shea charmed readers with her elegant and witty For the Love of Letters. Now, in Note to Self, she...more
the author is about my age. in fact, i think she is just a hair younger. so i wasn't really expecting the kind of ...more
O'Shea takes journal writing pretty seriously, but her book is not just about using the journaling for spiritual and healing purposes. It's more about using the journal as your personal friend, your mental processor, and your personal confessor.
I appreciate how she shares entries from her own journals, and addresses taboo s ...more
With the disappointment from Melissa Burch's book put aside, I was a little wary of picking up this book. Maybe the reception of this book was more favorable due to its comparison with the former, but unlike Melissa Burch's book which boasts of how she wrote all these great books by these four fabulous methods of journal writing, Samara O'Shea's book doesn't give you the magic formula for journal writing and tells the readers that these are just suggestions and that we don't necessar ...more
I read this because I always had trouble keeping a journal and wanted to see how it was done by someone who finds it a rewarding experience.
The tips and tricks probably could have been boiled down to a blog post. Most of the book was taken up with examples from her personal journals and her reminiscing about her life, explaining the context of those excerpts.
Things I learned:
1. It doesn't ...more
The memoir aspect was the least of what I was originally looking for from the book. These were occasionally tedious, but they were tedious in th ...more
What I like the best about this book is its honesty. Samara O'Shea really bares all to her readers, in a no-holds-barred approach that shocked me into being more honest to myself and my friends. It's so honest that in the acknowledgment ...more
You're going to love or hate this book. If you're not a journal writer but are looking to get motivated to start writing, you'll probably love it. If you're a journal writer, you may not like it because you may feel you already know all this stuff, or that the tips are unimaginative or already apparent. Or, you might read through Samara's book and appreciate the tips she offers (that you may very well already know and use in ...more
OK, I finished it. I skimmed some of the chapters, i.e., the ones on breakups and writing about sex and God and drugs and stuff. Not interested, thanks.
I still think it's trite and I don't think I'm a fan of her writing. That being said, though, there are some practical ideas in here about how to direct your journaling, if you need direction, as well as some ins ...more