Writing and Being: Embracing Your Life Through Creative Journaling

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New World Library, Aug 1, 2010 - Reference - 200 pages
With powerful, practical, step-by-step writing exercises, a wealth of examples, and stories of personal transformation through journaling, Writing and Being demonstrates that intentional, guided journaling is a profound way to discover one's authentic self. Beyond mere diary writing, these creative journaling methods help readers chart a path for a better future. The book begins by providing tips for the logistics of journal keeping, and includes suggestions for getting started. It then explores the entire writing process and explains the distinctions between private writing and public writing. The book also explains the biology behind the powerful experience of journaling by laying out recent discoveries about the human brain, showing how journaling can heal psychological and spiritual wounds. Finally, the author shows how to make journaling both a voyage of self-discovery and a means of sharing one's journey and inspiring others in a caring community of expanding love, support, and positive energy.

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I took this class from Lynn Nelson in 1988 at Arizona State and all these years later, I still have every writing piece I offered in the course, and some of the comments the other students gave to me in the circle. It was one of the best experiences of my education career -- which spanned 10 years, a Ph.D and post doc included.
The ideas and exercises here are powerful. Nelson is a master.

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G. Lynn Nelson is a professor of English at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes in writing. He is also director of the Greater Phoenix Area Writing Project and founder of Native Images, an organization for Native American students. He lives in Tempe, Arizona, with his family.

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