SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS: Own Your Own Tale – Brainstorm Your Path


The SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS weekly column is a place at Shannon Muir’s author website open to interviews and guest posts from other authors. One thing Shannon firmly believes in for readers not only to learn about new books available, but about those who craft the tales behind them. As its name implies, SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS weekly column features writers from all genres of fiction who want their potential audience to get to know them, and their works, better – and occasionally may offer features from Shannon herself that support readers to discover words.

OWN YOUR OWN TALE is an occasional special column appearing on the website that focuses on the power of personal expression using words to journal. In this installment, Shannon Muir discusses the use of the journal as a brainstorming tool for deciding steps in a personal journey.


Recently, I looked into something regarding brainstorming tools for fiction.

Later on, it occurred to me that a journal can be a brainstorming tool for where to go with your life.

Write down all the possibilities, looking at the pros and cons. Set them aside. Come back and explore them again later. In the conversation your words leave on the page, it can be a great vehicle to work out things that might not initially be clear just thinking about them and bringing them into focus.

From there can come a road map to positive change.

It’s not enough to think about things, but sometimes you have to take that first step to commit to them by writing them down. That’s something I have to remind myself to do as well, and as we’re heading down into the home stretch of the holiday season and towards a new calendar year is a great time to consider putting this into practice.

Take care of yourselves.

All the best,




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