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Can Writing Keep Us Well? Group Writing Project

It is a while… more than a while… since I last ran a group writing project, and I thought it might be interesting to run one over the early summer.

Fishing around in my mind for topics that we haven’t already covered, I thought about one that is of particular interest to me: the relationship between writing, health, and well-being.

The invitation is an open one: to write on the subject of writing, health and well-being.

That might include thoughts, reflections, wishes, past experience, future intention, observation, questions, hopes on:

  • How the process of writing might be good for health
  • Times in your life when writing has helped keep you well, or deal with illness
  • How we use different forms (stories, poems, prose, journal writing) in response to different situations
  • What kind of content might be good for health (or bad for it)
  • What kind of role writing can / does / play in relation to the health not just of individuals but communities, society, the planet

To take part all you need to do is:

  • Write a post on the subject of writing, health and well-being
  • Link back to this post, so your readers can see the original invitation and join in if they want to (and to spread a little link love)
  • Let me know your post is up by sharing it via the Mister Linky widget below (it asks for your name and the url of the post)

* Please link to the url of the specific post you’ve written rather than the home page of your site so I can find your contribution easily *

You should (fingers crossed) then be able to see - at the foot of this post - the links to all the contributions as they come in.

  • Post your contribution by the end of July.  (Yes, I am giving lots of time for this one… I don’t want to rush it, or you to miss out on the chance to join in).

What I’ll Do in Return

I will:

Post a round up of the entries in the first half of August, including a link to your post.

I might also create an ebook with extracts from the best material… no promises, as it depends a bit on time, the number of responses, and what kind of amazing things you come up with.

I do though think this is a really interesting and important topic and would like to find ways to spread the word.

New to Group Writing Projects?

If you haven’t taken part in a group writing project here, or maybe anywhere, before, here are a few pointers:

  • You’re very welcome to join in
  • Taking part is a good way to attract new readers to your blog
  • And to get to know other blogs and bloggers
  • Sometimes it can be a way to get past some barriers on the edge of your comfort zone
  • Don’t be shy
  • You’re very welcome to join in

A bit more on the benefits here: How Group Writing Projects Help to Build Community

Any questions or thinkg that I’ve not made clear… just ask away in the comment section.

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  2. Julia M Lindsey says:

    What a great idea. I have linked to your site. I will write a post and put it on my site either this week or next week. Do I need to let you know when it is posted or does the linking widget take care of that?

  3. Marion says:

    What a fab idea. Thank you Joanna
    .-= Marion´s last blog ..Difficult People – What makes a difficult person =-.

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  5. Brad Shorr says:

    Joanna, Another bizarre example of two people sharing one mind. Ten minutes ago I finished a post that fits exactly into this project!
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  6. Susan Kersley says:

    Writing can certainly improve your mental and physical health and well-being. I’ve been keen on this since reading Julia Cameron’s book and her advice to write ‘morning pages’ Thank you for setting up this writing project.
    .-= Susan Kersley´s last blog ..How writing can improve your health and well-being =-.

  7. Bronwyn says:

    What a fabulous opportunity! I am very much looking forward to joining this project. I believe I am living proof of how “writing can keep us well”. New to blogging and focused writing I look forward to soaking up the learning on offer through sharing and connecting.

  8. Carol Dodsley says:

    What a great idea and how inspirational to create a project that can be shared by so many people and bring a plethora of ideas and creativity together in such a simple but powerful way

  9. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Julia thanks for the question - I can now see that the linking widget is working ;-) so yes, it’s enough just to add the link to the post there. Thanks for taking part.

    Marion I hope you’ll find a way to take part…

    Brad another Twilight Zone moment!

    Susan I know exactly what you mean. I think it’s something a lot of us have experienced directly - one of the reasons I wanted to open it up through the project. Thanks so much for taking part.

    Bronwen thanks for your comment and please do feel welcome to join in. It’s a great way to get to know other bloggers esp in the early days of blogging. Will your blog stay limited to subscribers though?

    Carol thanks for the feedback, and for your contribution to the project.

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  12. Brad Shorr says:

    Hi Joanna, my project post is now live -

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  14. Alison Law says:

    Thank you for the open invitation to contribute to this group writing project. I’ve already enjoyed reading a few of the posts.

  15. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Thanks Brad heading over to take a look now.

    Alison thanks for the feedback and taking the time to read some of the other contributions. And thanks for joining in :-)

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  18. Marion says:

    My contribution is up and running. Thank you, Joanna for the opportunity and the inspiration.

  19. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Marion thanks for taking part - much appreciated

  20. Lillie Ammann says:


    A great topic, and I’ve written my post.

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  22. Julia M Lindsey says:

    I have tried to comment on all of the posts. I was not sure what post Brownlyn was submitting. She has many inspirational posts on her site.

  23. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Lillie thanks so much for joining in - I really enjoyed your contribution, and reading the comments that are flowing from your readers on the back of it!

    Julia that’s brilliant - it’s such a good way to build connections with other writers and bloggers… thanks

  24. Erin Golding says:

    Thanks Joanna for starting this writing project!

    I love that I am able to write about something I’m passionate about and meet other like-minded bloggers at the same time!!

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  26. Nicole Steinbach says:

    Thanks for an excellent writing experience.

  27. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Erin thanks for taking part - it really is a good way to get to know other bloggers… and get found

    Nicole lovely to see you :-)

  28. anna says:

    Great idea for a project Joanna! Thanks for the prompt. My link is submitted.

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  31. henya says:

    Love the idea. Will get to it as soon as possible.

  32. Marian Kerr says:

    Thankyou for the opportunity to be part of this project.
    It’s great to read the other contributions and see how they all enhance each other.

  33. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Thanks everyone - round up coming soon!

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