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How Writing Keeps Us Well: Group Writing Project

Can writing keep us well?

That was the prompt for the summer group writing project at Confident Writing.

“Yes” was the resounding answer.

Here are your explanations as to the what, why and how.

If you take some time to write down your feelings, express everything in your thoughts and your head, it is like talking about them with your own best friend – YOU! – by writing them down you can put them into perspective and also clear them out of your head.

Can Writing Be Good For Your Health? Julia Lindsey @ Specialist Guild of Excellence and Success

I invite you to step outside yourself for 15 minutes and write whatever comes to you. If you’re procrastinating, write about what’s keeping you from getting things done (hey, what’s another 15 minutes?). If you’re frustrated, mad, sad or in any other emotional geography that’s keeping you stuck, then find a respite in your schedule for writing. It won’t solve the problem at hand, but it will keep you from spiraling into hopelessness and non-productivity.

Your Writing Will Save You Alison Law @ Lawthenticity

Now-a-days the only diary I keep is of the scheduling variety but I do use writing for a number of different reasons and many all begin with just being intended for my eyes only. This allows me to write what I really mean rather than initially focusing upon communicating with someone else.  This week I invite you to play with using writing that is intended for your own eyes only to “get things off your chest” rather than carrying them around with you.

Can Writing Keep You Well? Jen Waller @ Your Changing Direction

My depression, my ‘darkness’ is one part of me along with the crazy humor, the passion for excellent books and red wine, the untidiness that drives the Mr. crazy, the deep loyalty for my two siblings (who are among the greatest people in the world), the natural desire for girl time with dear friends, and so much more. And writing helps keep it where it belongs, one part that helps creates the kaleidoscope that is me.

A Writing Project Nicole Steinbach @ Pickles and Onions

Writing asks us who we are. It shows us who we want to be. It unifies the two.

Writing as Therapy Emily @ My Cup O’ Tea

While the act of writing in itself can bring about a release of stress and tension, blogs have the added benefit of affording a sense of connection for those who post on them. There is always the possibility that someone else will read what has been written and provide feedback in the form of support, challenge, or insights that open up other ways of thinking about the situation.

Is Writing a Blog Good For Your Health? Marian Kerr @ Marian Kerr

Writing empowers and silences the interior chatter and helps elevate my self-worth.

Can Writing Be Good For Your Health? Henya @ Premeditated Writer

  • It helps me be who I am and become who I am becoming
  • It helps me to feel what I feel
  • It helps me question what I believe and remember what I know
  • It takes me deeper into myself; into God; into living

Why Write? Anna @ Anna’s Attic

And when I write from my soul the words flow with grace and purpose. It’s still me writing, but I’m writing from a place of serenity. Any issues that I may be burdened with in my life at the time slip away, for a moment, to allow the energy of creativity to flood through me.

Writing My Way to Freedom Erin @ Healing Scribe

As I described in a post about my love affair with writing, I always dreamed of writing “someday,” but it took a stroke to motivate me to actually start.  While I was still recovering, I started a romance novel—about a woman who had a stroke. Although the story was fiction, many of the heroine’s experiences were things that had happened to me.

Writing, Health and Wellbeing Lillie Ammann @ A Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye

Writing is the best way I know of being your own life coach. Through writing you can achieve greater clarity about yourself, your emotions and the situations you find yourself in. When you can make sense of life you gain an inner peace and a calmer mind which benefits your mental health and indirectly your physical health too.

The Pen is Mightier than the … Prozac? Marion Anderson @ The “Second Half” of My Life

What happens is that at first you will use the exercise for dumping all your frustration and other emotions about the challenge you have to deal with and then after a while you will begin to write about possibilities and actions you might take and  begin to clarify your thoughts and find the way to move forward.

How Writing Can Improve Your Health and Wellbeing Susan Kersley @ You Can Change Your Life

Writing has been my way of grieving for my loss and giving thanks for my blessings. Each day I write in my gratitude journal listing all of the things that I am grateful for. There have been days that the only thing I could think of was that I was writing in my journal. On other days I could write pages of things that I was thankful for. The process of writing down my blessings allowed me to focus on the goodness in my life and find positive solutions that I may not have found otherwise.

Writing Can Heal Your Soul Julia Lindsey @ Our Little Books

Blogging compulsion is somewhat a result of having 24/7/365 access to social media. I used to feel there’s no excuse for not publishing and responding to comments and visiting other blogs because wherever I was, I had access to the Internet. But no matter what your line of work, no matter how consistently passionate you are about it, taking an occasional vacation is healthy. Take a break, and you may come back with renewed enthusiasm.

5 Ways to Overcome Blogging Burnout Brad Shorr @ WordSell

For the days when the words won’t come for what happens when we’re writing, in those years and those moments,  in those times when we poem-write, when we choose to let our words fall out, when we dare to let our hearts fall out, when we breathe enough to let our souls sing out: I will write me a poem.

A Prescription for Poetry: How Writing Keeps Us Well from me, @ Confident Writing

Sometimes it’s about getting out of your head and connected back to the outside world.  I like to walk looking for images or colours that jump out at me, or listen for sounds or fragments of conversation that seem to bring the world to life.  Taking a bit of time to capture these moments can help you to feel more grounded and mindful.

Not directly written as part of this project, but it’s directly connected to it - a guest post from me @  The Mind Sanctuary: The Sanctuary of Your Own Words

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Many thanks to everyone who took part.

I know some of you shared some very personal experiences - moments of challenge, sadness and grief, and how writing helped you to move through them.

Thank you for having the courage to share this part of your experience with others.

List of Contributions

1. Can Writing Be Good For Your Health? Julia Lindsey @ Specialist Guild of Excellence and Success

2. Your Writing Will Save You Alison Law @ Lawthenticity

3. Can Writing Keep You Well? Jen Waller @ Your Changing Direction

4. A Writing Project Nicole Steinbach @ Pickles and Onions

5. Writing as Therapy Emily @ My Cup O’ Tea

6. Is Writing a Blog Good For Your Health? Marian Kerr @ Marian Kerr

7. Can Writing Be Good For Your Health? Henya @ Premeditated Writer

8. Why Write? Anna @ Anna’s Attic

9. Writing My Way to Freedom Erin @ Healing Scribe

10. Writing, Health and Wellbeing Lillie Ammann @ A Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye

11. The Pen is Mightier than the … Prozac? Marion Anderson @ The “Second Half” of My Life

12. How Writing Can Improve Your Health and Wellbeing Susan Kersley @ You Can Change Your Life

13. Writing Can Heal Your Soul Julia Lindsey @ Our Little Books

14. 5 Ways to Overcome Blogging Burnout Brad Shorr @ WordSell

15. A Prescription for Poetry: How Writing Keeps Us Well from me, @ Confident Writing

16.  The Sanctuary of Your Own Words guest post @ The Mind Sanctuary

Joanna Paterson

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5 Responses to “How Writing Keeps Us Well: Group Writing Project”

  1. On August 9, 2010 at 7:26 am Nicole Steinbach responded with... #

    Thank you so much for giving me the chance to be part of this.

  2. On August 9, 2010 at 8:50 am Bill Obermann responded with... #

    This was/is such a great idea, everyone who took part should be really proud of themselves.

    I often write my feelings down - whether joyous or dark or humorous. I sometimes read my diary back though and wonder about my grip on sanity!!

    But writing is such a cathartic experience and really can ‘keep you well’ in my opinion.

  3. On August 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm Brad Shorr responded with... #

    Hi Joanna, Thank you for putting together this project! I look forward to reading these posts, especially now, as I have lots and lots of writing to do this week.

  4. On August 13, 2010 at 7:16 am Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Nicole thank you for taking part x

    Bill it is indeed cathartic. Thanks for your feedback. I think the contributors should be proud of themselves too.

    Brad I hope the writing keeps you well. If you’re writing too much, take 5 minutes to reread your own piece, and remember to give yourself a break ;-)

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