Creative Journal Writing: The Art and Heart of Reflection
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In this exceptionally positive and encouraging book, Dr Stephanie Dowrick frees the journal writer she believes is in virtually everyone, showing through stories and highly engaging examples that a genuine sense of possibility can be revived on every page.
Creative journal writing goes way beyond just recording events on paper. Without needing any rigid formula to gain success, it is the companion that supports but does not judge. It can be a place of unparalleled discovery and a creative playground where the everyday rules no longer count. Proven benefits of journal writing include reduced stress and anxiety, increased self-awareness, sharpened mental skills, genuine psychological insight, creative inspiration and motivation, strengthened ability to cope during difficult times, and overall physical and emotional well-being.
Combining a rich choice of ideas with wonderful stories, quotes, and her refreshingly intimate thoughts gained through a lifetime of professional and creative writing, Dowrick's insights and confidence in the process make journal writing irresistible. She also makes your own experiences and life far more enchanting. Included in Creative Journal Writing are:
True stories of how people have used journal writing to transform their lives;
· inspirational instructions, guidelines, and quotes;
· key principles, practical suggestions, and helpful hints;
· 125 starter topics, designed to help even the most reluctant journal writer;
· more than forty powerful exercises;
· and much more!
inspired you? What are your experiences more generally of being inspired – or tenacious (choosing to stick with an activity whether or not you feel inspired)? What areas of your life most urgently need your journal writing attention? Are there any particular emotions that you want to explore? Are there any situations where you feel stuck or even hopeless? If you were to think of your journal as a friend (and you can), what special qualities will this friend have? What
including Anne Frank have written to their journal in this way. The journal is simply a vehicle for your inner wise self. Write out your thoughts and feelings about keeping secrets, even from yourself. GENERAL ENCOURAGEMENT Write for at least 20 minutes without giving up. If you feel lost just describe what’s going on in the present moment. That will fire you up straight away. Don’t edit or rewrite. Don’t re-read immediately. Let your thoughts ‘rest’. Marion Milner (who also wrote as
curiosity will be enhanced in countless ways by journal writing. But that’s not all. Your journal is a great place to explore your own attitude to what it means to be curious. Many of us have a mixed response even to that rather loaded word ‘curious’. Crushing phrases resonate from people’s childhood years: ‘Mind your own business.’ ‘Keep your nose out of other people’s affairs.’ ‘Too nosy for your own good.’ ‘Curiosity killed the cat.’ Yet genuine curiosity and interest are quite different
would never be written at all. Virginia Woolf There will be times when quite instinctively you feel you want to read rather than write. And how wonderful it is to be able to look into your own life through the pages of your journal. My suggestion is that you read receptively, mirroring the writing process, rather than critically or judgementally. At the same time you may want to allow yourself to observe, while you read, the details of what you are discovering – not least about yourself and
tell a fascinating story. If your journal writing has been half-hearted, write about that. What does it tell you? Be curious rather than self-critical. END WITH Finish this sentence: ‘Congratulations to me for …’ Spiritual writing To live in the world without belonging to the world summarises the essence of the spiritual life. The spiritual life keeps us aware that our true house is not the house of fear … but the house of love, where God resides. Henri Nouwen, Eternal Seasons