Creative Journal Writing: The Art and Heart of Reflection

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Winner of the COVR Award for Book of the Year (2007)

From the #1 creativity publisher in the country comes our latest creativity bestseller—Creative Journal Writing—the ultimate book for those who are looking to use this powerful tool to heal, expand, and transform their lives.

In this exceptionally positive and encouraging book, Stephanie Dowrick frees the journal writer she believes is in virtually everyone,...

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Overview

Winner of the COVR Award for Book of the Year (2007)

From the #1 creativity publisher in the country comes our latest creativity bestseller—Creative Journal Writing—the ultimate book for those who are looking to use this powerful tool to heal, expand, and transform their lives.

In this exceptionally positive and encouraging book, Stephanie Dowrick frees the journal writer she believes is in virtually everyone, showing through stories and examples that a genuine sense of possibility can be revived on every page.

Creative journal writing goes way beyond just recording events on paper. It can be the companion that supports but doesn't judge, 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 writing, Dowrick's insights and confidence make journal writing irresistible-and your own life more enchanting. Included in Creative Journal Writing are:

u 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!
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585426867
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/5/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 678,432
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Stephanie Dowrick is the author of a number of much-loved, life-changing books. They include Intimacy and Solitude, Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, Choosing Happiness, Creative Journal Writing, Everyday Kindness, and her spiritual study of visionary poet Rainer Maria Rilke, In the Company of Rilke. A trained psychotherapist and a spiritual leader and teacher, her award-winning writing is not only highly praised, it is also unusually accessible and supportive, uniting contemporary psychological wisdom with an effortlessly inclusive spiritual vision.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Getting started 1

Writing a journal may change your life

Your most creative self

Putting the inside out

Free associations

A "whole-brain" activity

Good reasons not to write a journal?

Privacy issues

At ease

Pt. 2 Free to be creative 47

Start here. Or there

Forget school

Choosing your journal

Journal writing is your teacher

Weaving the strands

Free writing

Risking and writing

More on motivation

Liberate your curiosity

Journal writing and you

Faithful to the task

Deepen your self-awareness

Where home is

A source of freedom

Pt. 3 Writing the facts 129

Your life in your journal

Venting

Start and finish with the details

Use your physical senses

Reflections and impressions

Yourself and other people

Be yourself

Writing out of town

Accessing memories

Questions of choice

Reviewing the process

Spiritual writing

Writing your spiritual story

Forgiveness

Pt. 4 Your life in your journal 197

More writing and writing more

Right here, right now?

The blank page

Unfinished business

Let problems "rest"

The opposite may also be true

Recording quotations and comments

Making lists and resolutions

Pt. 5 Putting it all together 235

Savor your entire life

Back to the big picture

Combine many strands

Key principles

Key hints

Further inspiration

Acknowledgments 257

Index of exercises 258

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Just what I needed !

    I have wanted to journal for most of my life, but didn't know how or where to start. How detailed do I get, do I reveal some personal or family secrets, do I record my life chronologically or just the memorable moments when they come to mind? This book gives me some options and ideas I would not have thought of.

    It has given me the basics I needed to answer my questions, with choices of the method that pleaes me and I feel comfortable with.

    I would recommend reading the book like a novel, cover to cover, making notes as you go along, then review the sections you want to gain a better understanding of.

    I have started out with a spiral notebook so I can go back crossing out and inserting items as it feels right. When I have a section or time period complete, I can transfer it to my forever journal.

    I keep my journal in a private place that my daughters will find when they clean out my personal items when I have left this earth. It reminds me to be careful to not include anything that will cause hurt feelings for anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Great book

    Its a great book it clearly tells you how you how to write and organize your kournal.

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