Writing To Heal

People often tell me that they would love to write and when I say, ‘Do it!’ they then tell me they don’t know how. I find that interesting in today’s world. We write all the time: Blogs, texts, Facebook, but I guess most don’t think of it as writing because there’s always someone judging: a respondent, if you like.
The fact is that while people want to write, they want to write a whole novel and then become daunted before they even sit down. I would like to encourage you to make a start, in the form of expressive writing, or what I call ‘writing to heal.’
It’s a wonderful therapy, private, personal and you can do it anywhere, anytime, anyway. It’s just for you and you never know, you may just surprise yourself and find those ramblings become the inspiration for that novel, or memoir, or… After all, that’s where most novels start, with an idea.
Expressive writing literally comes from our core. Expressive writing is personal and emotional writing without regard to form or other writing conventions like spelling, punctuation and verb agreement. Turn off your inner school ma’am. Pay no attention to propriety: simply express what is on your mind and in your heart. Expressive writing pays more attention to feelings than the events, memories, objects, or people in the contents of a narrative.
So, stop trying so hard. Stop doubting. Relax, get those pens out, or sit at the computer and start hitting the keyboards. It’s fun, it’s creative, and most of all, it’s liberating!

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