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Introducing ‘Write For Our Lives’

One of the things I did during my blogging break was read through my archives, not just here but at other places too like my old coaching site, and Joyful Jubilant Learning, plus a site I’d created on journaling and another on poetry (yes, and a few more, I told you, I’m a blog litter bug).

I wanted to learn from what I’d been writing over the years:

About why writing matters, what it does for us, not just us as individuals but as a collective.

What it can do for health, and well-being, and the good of the planet, maybe.

What it is that makes us journal and what happens when we do.

How we can reconfigure our understanding of story so we become both more aware of stories in our lives, and more conscious, more deliberate about the stories we write, tell and live.

Why we seem to need poetry and ways we can shake up our understanding of what poetry is so it becomes more accessible, more enjoyable, free medicine for all.

As I read I started making notes, and jotting things down, then… irresistibly, because I am irresistibly drawn to the power of the blogging form, I started to draft posts.

Not posts in the way I write them here.  Different.

Shorter.  Very short.

Some story fragments: short, captured moments that seem to me to tell of something bigger, important.

Posts that are written to be read and maybe pondered, rather than part of a conversation.

Writing that is more philosophical: just a question in my mind.  Something I want to throw out there and see what ripples follow.

Oh, enough of trying to manage your expectations ;-)

It is what it is.

It’s a site I needed to create to express my teaching philosophy.

It’s a space I needed to create to develop my ideas in a way I can’t do - in the same way - here.

Please do pop over and have a look at Write For Our Lives (

If you’re interested and want to follow along please do grab the feed.  I plan to put out fairly short posts fairly frequently.  But my plans don’t always pan out… so we might just have to suck it and see ;-)

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  2. George Angus says:


    I love the concept. The site looks great and the idea of fragments really appeals to me. I get ideas sometimes for which I’ve got great enthusiasm, and then after a paragraph or two, it fizzles out. I’ve tended to just toss these at that point, but now I see that in fact they may be seeds and it may not be their time to sprout just yet.

    .-= George Angus´s last blog ..It’s Not Too Late =-.

  3. J.D. Meier says:

    Good stuff. I like that you’re leading with your why. I especially enjoyed Love Story … brief, but deep.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Faith vs. Belief =-.

  4. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    George I think that’s right… they might sprout later. They might also be the spark that someone else needs. In any event, I’m having fun exploring different forms just now, and short fragments is one that invited me to play :-)

    J.D. Thank you… the why is very important to me. Getting clear on the why allows everything else to flow.

  5. Tyrean Martinson says:

    Thank you Joanna, I enjoyed checking out Write for OurLives, and Join the Dance.
    Yes, I think writing is for our hearts, and not just for the sake of filling paper. If we aren’t writing for the health of our hearts, then our writing turns cold and dull, and our writings fail to reach anyone else. Communication comes best from the heart, even when words fail us and pictures, dance, and music become our vehicles of language.
    .-= Tyrean Martinson´s last blog ..What Can You Write in Five Sentences? =-.

  6. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Tyrean thank you so much for that feedback and taking the time to check out the sites. For me everything becomes more meaningful and easier… though also more challenging… when it comes from the heart. Like you say - it’s how we connect, and that’s really what makes us human.