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The New Diary – by Tristine Rainer


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Many years ago I found a great book in the library, The New Diary, written by Tristine Rainer. Why is this  book so great? Well, it is all about deep and very effective writing exercises that can change both your life and your writing for ever. It´s written for all of us who writes diaries, but can also easily be used by all writers to effectively develop our writing skill, our expression, and most of all our lust for writing.

The book is full of great suggestions for any writer. According to Rainer there are four natural ways of expressing yourself; catharsis, description, free-intuitive writing and reflexion. Then there are seven special techniques; the list, the portrait, mind-mapping, controlled pictures, to see with someone elses eyes, the letter your never send, and the dialogue. All these techniques are very well described in the book, with many exampled of them. What you also will find in The New Diary is chapters about transforming personal problems, finding happiness, how to work with your dreams, erotic, how to get over a writer´s cramp, how the diary can be a time traveling machine in your life and stories, discover the magic of the diary, how to read (and write) your own story, about the diary as therapy and how to develop your own creativity.

The book has given me many years of joyful writing. It helped me to see things from other points of view which is great when writing stories. I have found a deep well within myself where I can go to get piece, ideas for my writing, develop dialogues or just to have fun. I have been using The New Diary as a Holy Bible for my creative writing, my diary and in my life.

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About Magdalena Wiklund

Leg. biomedicinsk analytiker och maker. Arbetar med transfusionsmedicin till vardags, forskar på antibiotikaresistens på fritiden. Jag skapade Sveriges största site för biomedicinska analytiker därför att detta verkligen är ett fantastiskt yrke som jag hoppas att fler ska intressera sig för.


8 thoughts on “The New Diary – by Tristine Rainer

  1. Ah, another book that I’ve got and have read many times! (I still read it from time to time). She’s written another one that you might like if you’ve not seen it, called ‘Your Life As Story’.

    Posted by Val | January 10, 2012, 2:41 pm
  2. That’s a good tip – I shall have to check it out! Thanks for a lovely blog, by the way. Alltid lika trevligt att läsa dina inlägg! 🙂

    Posted by Linda Govik | February 26, 2012, 11:26 pm
    • Tack Linda Govik,
      Tack för din kommentar. Roligt att du ville titta förbi.
      Tristine Rainer är en underbar författare och boken en ren guldgruva.
      Ett hett tips således.
      Hoppas att du tittar förbi snart igen. Det är mycket spännande på gång i min blogg nu.
      Jag ska titta förbi hos dig..

      Posted by Magdalena Wiklund | February 26, 2012, 11:29 pm
  3. I just ordered it on Bokus (in English of course) ^_^

    Posted by Clairepeek | February 29, 2012, 10:41 am


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