Journaling is a great way to collect subject matter and organize your thoughts for your articles and stories. I still do most of my journaling on in notebooks, and I’ve tried to organize and index them as I complete a volume. However, over time, the sheer volume of my journal content has made it hard for me to find my notes on a given topic when I need it.
Last year, I purchased Life Journal™ software which was developed by Ruth Folit, a writer with 30 years experience with journaling. Lee Jones, the programmer, also is a journaler. I chose the version for writers, but there are also versions dubbed For Staying Sober, For Christians, and For Educators. It’s not as expensive as some software, and you can try it for free before you buy.
- Plenty of help: Once you’ve purchased the software, you have several resources to help you learn to use it effectively. On the Web site under Support, there’s a knowledge base and a number of video tutorials. I’ve also found the newsletter archives useful. Occasionally, the company offers a free webinar on how to use it.
- Search feature helps you find entries easily.
- Password protection keeps your journal entries private.
- Writing prompts to get you started.
- Life events organizer for gleaning stories from your experience.
- Submission tracker.
- It takes some time to learn to use it, and I’m still learning one year later.
- Windows search will not pick up journal entries inside Life Journal™.
- Entries that are submitted to publishers must be extracted from Life Journal™ and formatted for the publisher’s guidelines.
- Maybe it’s my age, but I don’t think my computer journaling is as effective as handwritten. I should probably give this some more time.
It’s certainly worth the time it takes to do the free trial. Priced at $39.95 at this writing, Life Journal™ provides you with experience and training in journal writing for about the price of a textbook.
See all details at Life Journal™ site.
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