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Violinist turned author ERICA MINER has had a multi-faceted career as an award-winning screenwriter, author, lecturer and poet. A native of Detroit, she studied music at Boston University, where she graduated cum laude, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Tanglewood Music Center. After experiencing a variety of highs and lows in her quest to forge a career in New York City, Erica won the coveted position of violinist with the Metropolitan Opera Company, a high-pressured milieu but the pinnacle of her field.

When injuries from a car accident spelled the end of her musical career, she drew upon her lifelong love of writing for inspiration and studied screenwriting with authors and script gurus Linda Seger and Ken Rotcop. Erica's screenplay have won awards in such competitions as WinFemme, Santa Fe and the Writer's Digest.

Inspired by her journals written during her travel adventures in Europe with and without her children, Erica’s debut novel Travels With My Lovers, won the Fiction Prize in the Direct from the Author Book Awards. The first in her journal-based FourEver Friends novel series chronicling four teenage girls' coming of age in Detroit in the volatile 1960s was published in 2009. She has written the screenplay adaptation of Travels and is currently working on the feature screenplay and TV Series Bible for FourEver Friends, as well as the next novel in the series, which takes place at Boston University. Erica’s Met Opera suspense thriller, Murder In The Pit, was published in June of 2010 by Twilight Times Books and has received five-star reviews across the board. Her screenplay adaptation of the novel is under consideration by film directors.

Erica has also developed a number of lectures and seminars on writing and on opera, which she has presented at venues across the West Coast and on the High Seas, where she is a “top-rated” speaker for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Topics range from “The Art of Self Re-Invention” to “Journaling for Writers: Mining the Gold of Your Own Experiences” and “Opera Meets Hollywood.” Her writings have appeared in Vision Magazine, WORD San Diego, Istanbul Our City, and numerous E-zines.

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The Power of Journaling – Article 9 in a Series: Exercise Redux

The Power of Journaling - Article 9 in a Series: Exercise Redux By Erica Miner NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! Once again the holiday season is about to descend on us, and what …The Power of Journal…The Power of Journaling - Article 9 in a Series: Exercise Redux By Erica Miner NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! Once again the holiday season is about to descend on us, and what better time to start journaling? As you\'ve read in previous articles in this series, there\'s virtually no better way to relieve stress than by journaling, and we all know that this time of year can cause stress to escalate. Why not choose TODAY as your day to start handling your holiday anxiety in a powerful, creative way? To help you along with this, in today\'s article I am continuing further…

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The Power of Journaling – Article 9 in a Series: Come on, everybody, do your “Exercise”

The Power of Journaling - Article 9 in a Series: Come on, everybody, do your "Exercise" By Erica Miner NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! Now that you\'ve had a sampling of some of…The Power of Journal…The Power of Journaling - Article 9 in a Series: Come on, everybody, do your "Exercise" By Erica Miner NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! Now that you\'ve had a sampling of some of my favorite journaling methods, let\'s discuss some exercises to further entice you into your journaling ritual. Don\'t be intimidated by the length of the list. These are intended to be savored, one at a time. Linger over each one for as long as you like. Take your time to fully explore whichever one or ones give you the creative impetus you need. Ready? Let\'s get started. 1. Portray a chara…

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The Power of Journaling – Article 8 in a Series: Journaling Equipment (addenda), Creating a Ritual, Methods

The Power of Journaling - Article 8 in a Series: Journaling Equipment (addenda), Creating a Ritual, Methods By Erica Miner NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! As promised in last mo…The Power of Journal…The Power of Journaling - Article 8 in a Series: Journaling Equipment (addenda), Creating a Ritual, Methods By Erica Miner NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! As promised in last month\'s article, we\'ll discuss creating a journaling ritual. Instead of proposing specific exercises this time around, I will instead delineate some of my favorite journaling methods to familiarize you with your options to jumpstart your journaling journey and will then propose specific exercises over subsequent articles. First, however, I wanted to share with you some of the latest research on j…

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The Power of Journaling – Article 6 (Part 2) in a Series: Journaling Equipment

The Power of Journaling - Article 6 (Part 2) in a Series: Journaling Equipment By Erica Miner NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! By now I hope you have done a bit of research on la…The Power of Journal…The Power of Journaling - Article 6 (Part 2) in a Series: Journaling Equipment By Erica Miner NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! By now I hope you have done a bit of research on last month’s “Equipment” article and with any luck have found a number of possibilities. Allow me to add a few more alternatives. Let’s start by revisiting the sketchbook option. If you are planning to do your journal in a sketchbook, you might want to look for one with a spiral binding; that way you can more easily add pages should you choose to include photos or mementos: With today…

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The Power of Journaling – Article 6 (part 1) in a Series

The Power of Journaling - Article 6 (part 1) in a Series By Erica Miner NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! Today let’s talk about equipment. No, I’m not getting up close and …The Power of Journal…The Power of Journaling - Article 6 (part 1) in a Series By Erica Miner NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! Today let’s talk about equipment. No, I’m not getting up close and personal here. I mean journaling equipment, of course. Believe it or not, the tools you choose to use to journal with will have a major influence on whether or not you actually try your hand at journaling and how successful and consistent you will be. If you’re skeptical, just keep reading and work with me. Journaling can be anything from pleasant to downright cathartic, but overall it’s…

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The Power of Journaling: Article 5 of a Series

The Power of Journaling: Article 5 of a Series By Erica Miner NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! Happy New Year! And what better way to start a year than with journaling? (I could …The Power of Journal…The Power of Journaling: Article 5 of a Series By Erica Miner NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! Happy New Year! And what better way to start a year than with journaling? (I could use the word “resolution” here, but you didn’t hear it from me.) It’s always a good time to start something new, but the coming of a brand-new year leaves us virtually no excuses not to start journaling. Let’s start with a brief recap of why journaling is so beneficial. Journaling embraces everything from life tool to lifesaver. It can help you capture treasured memories; chroni…

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The Power of Journaling: Article 4 in a Series

The Power of Journaling: Part 4 in a Series By Erica Miner NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! This month, let’s talk about writing a book. Seriously, you ask? I can write a b…The Power of Journal…The Power of Journaling: Part 4 in a Series By Erica Miner NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! This month, let’s talk about writing a book. Seriously, you ask? I can write a book? I truly, passionately believe there is a book in everyone. Journaling is a powerful way of creating that book. In fact, journaling is the best way to search for it, find it and WRITE it. All you need is the desire and the motivation. The former originates with you. The latter, hopefully, will come from me. Let’s start with some favorite quotes to get your creative juices flowing. F…

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The Power of Journaling: Part 3 in a Series

The Power of Journaling: Article 3 of series By Erica Miner, NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! What do the following names have in common? Anne Frank… Virginia Woolf…The Power of Journal…The Power of Journaling: Article 3 of series By Erica Miner, NABBW's Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! What do the following names have in common? Anne Frank… Virginia Woolf… Sylvia Plath… Thérèse of Lisieux... Anaïs Nin... How are the following popular novels linked? Bridget Jones… The Nanny Diaries… The Princess Diaries… In this month’s article, I’d like to discuss some of the famous women who kept journals, as well as some best-selling novels that took form as diaries or journals. I started my first journal at t…

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The Power of Journaling – Part 2

By Erica Miner Article 2 of series Greetings, Boomers! In my first article I discussed why journaling is such a powerful tool, and why it is so beneficial for everyone. As I mentioned previou…By Erica Miner Ar…By Erica Miner Article 2 of series Greetings, Boomers! In my first article I discussed why journaling is such a powerful tool, and why it is so beneficial for everyone. As I mentioned previously, the reasons for journaling, as well as the different types of techniques out there, are almost limitless. What I’d like to discuss today are all the reasons not to journal, and then to give you some exercises for overcoming what I like to call “journaling resistance.” One of the reasons we don’t journal is because “life” gets in the way. We’re all so occupied with our work, o…

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The Power of Journaling

Journaling is such an empowering tool that Oprah Winfrey actually credits it for saving her life. Other dynamic, memorable women -- Anne Frank, Sylvia Plath, Lynn Redgrave, and Saint Thérèse of Lisi…Journaling is such a…Journaling is such an empowering tool that Oprah Winfrey actually credits it for saving her life. Other dynamic, memorable women -- Anne Frank, Sylvia Plath, Lynn Redgrave, and Saint Thérèse of Lisieux come to mind -- also used journaling to help overcome obstacles in their lives and keep their heads above water in crisis situations. Sometimes they didn\'t live through their crises, but their journals have survived to give us insight into how they dealt with personal tragedy. And the list goes on. James Barrie\'s journals, which he began during childhood to express his grief at his brother\'…

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