Each week, I read many blogs on journaling, memoir, and nonfiction writing. I find, as you probably do, that bloggers often recycle the same ideas over and over, so I like to highlight blogs with fresh content. That’s why this week’s Blogtalk features the wonderfully named Bucket List Society’s post, […]
Everyone is born creative — it’s human nature. As we grow and become socialized, we learn that “creative” is generally a word used to describe artists and musicians and craftspersons. People with “talent.” Probably not us. At some point during our lives, though, we discover that creativity is a much […]
Our journaling prompts this week are about a kind of fear we all share — the one that can stop us before we even begin learning a new skill or starting a new venture, the one that seethes beneath the surface of every creative act, the one that began in […]
TODAY I stumbled upon a blog titled “Extraordinarily Ordinary: Finding happiness and inspiration in everyday things,” and I thought, “Here is a writer after my own heart. That first impression was confirmed when I read Shannon’s recent post, “Writing.” The post was about Shannon’s current struggle with time to write […]
GIVEN my preference for journaling and writing on the computer rather than writing by hand, I thought a recent Wall Street Journal article, “How Handwriting Trains the Brain” (10/5/2010), was interesting. The gist of the article was that the practice of handwriting improves the ability to develop and express ideas. […]
JOURNAL WRITING has many purposes, but it is probably best known for its ability to help us process emotions — especially emotions that we consider negative or painful. I believe that when we resist our emotions, avoid, suppress, or ignore them because they are negative or painful, they don’t go away but lodge in our bodies. On the other hand, writing through emotions allows us to fully feel them, process them, and move (or express) them through and out of our bodies, resulting in healthier emotional and physical states of being.
Journal writing helps you explore how your responses to events in the past affect your life in the present. Reflecting on how you have reacted to past experiences and the subsequent results can help you understand what is and is not working in your life. This understanding brings with it the opportunity to take future actions that are healthy rather than harmful, helping you to grow as an individual. To be who you want to be.