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, 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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User Review  - mannysborrowedbliss - LibraryThing

Over the years I have made many aborted attempts at keeping a journal. Starting out with the best of intentions, I would soon lose interest when my journal writing became very dull, little more than a ... Read full review

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I liked this book. It was an easy read. The author keeps you engaged.. There are some good ideas in here. Read full review

Contents

Writing a journal may change your life
2
Your most creative self
12
Putting the inside out
15
Free associations
20
A wholebrain activity
27
Good reasons not to write a journal?
28
Privacy issues
37
At ease
42
Reflections and impressions
146
Yourself and other people
150
Be yourself
157
Writing out of town
159
Accessing memories
164
Questions of choice
167
Reviewing the process
171
Spiritual writing
176

Free to be creative
47
Start here Or there
49
Forget school
52
Choosing your journal
53
Journal writing is your teacher
59
Weaving the strands
63
Free writing
66
Risking and writing
70
More on motivation
73
Liberate your curiosity
81
Journal writing and you
89
Faithful to the task
95
Deepen your selfawareness
99
Where home is
107
A source of freedom
120
Writing the facts
129
Your life in your journal
130
Venting
133
Start and finish with the details
138
Use your physical senses
142
Writing your spiritual story
184
Forgiveness
192
Your life in your journal
197
More writing and writing more
198
Right here right now?
202
The blank page
204
Unfinished business
211
Let problems rest
217
The opposite may also be true
220
Recording quotations and comments
224
Making lists and resolutions
230
Putting it all together
235
Savor your entire life
236
Back to the big picture
240
Combine many strands
243
Key principles
249
Key hints
250
Acknowledgments
257
Index of exercises
258
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About the author (2009)

Stephanie Dowrick, PhD, is noted for her highly encouraging, accessible writing on key issues affecting our personal and collective wellbeing. Her international best sellers include Choosing Happiness, Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, Intimacy and Solitude, Creative Journal Writing, Seeking the Sacred and In the Company of Rilke. Formerly a publisher, and also a trained psychotherapist and literary critic, Dr Dowrick draws on the latest insights from the worlds of psychology and spiritual activism as well as timeless universal wisdom teachings. Written with beauty and remarkable care, her books are applauded by critics and loved by readers. "Courageous and original, she asks the most difficult questions with enormous heart and intelligence." Joyce Kornblatt, A Reason for Wings "Stephanie Dowrick is a godsend. Her gift is the ability to write in a manner that genuinely enriches and changes lives." Nigel Marsh, author and global CEO "Stephanie Dowrick makes the hard questions simple...if anyone can cause a happiness revolution, she can." Paul Wilson, Instant Calm. "I felt bathed in warmth and compassion, soothed and reassured as Stephanie Dowrick became my companion." Dr Juliet Batten, Dancing with Seasons. For more information visit http://www.stephaniedowrick.com

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