Writing to Heal

Author: James W. Pennebaker
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 1608821250
Release Date: 2010-10-01
Genre: Self-Help

This book takes readers through a series of guided writing exercises that help them explore their feelings about difficult experiences. Each chapter begins with an introduction that explains how to proceed with journal exercises and what they are structured to help accomplish. The exercises leave readers with a strong sense of their value in the world.

Writing to Heal

Author: James W. Pennebaker
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications Incorporated
ISBN: 1572243651
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

For the first time, a leading authority on expressive emotions therapy (EET) translates these powerful techniques for emotional healing into a book accessible to general readers. Through guided journal writing exercises, this book helps readers translate their traumatic, emotionally disturbing experiences into powerful writing that is clinically proven to promote recovery. Clinical trials indicate that writing about painful experiences can enhance immune response, reduce recovery times, and promote physical, psychological, and social well-being. This book is the first guided journal written by the preeminent psychologist working in the field of expressive emotions therapy: a step-by-step guide to emotionally expressive writing. What do diarists and journal writers know that can help anyone dealing with a traumatic or emotionally challenging situation recover from pain and regain their peace of mind? They know that the act of putting thoughts and feelings on paper is, itself, a powerful exercise that makes them feel heard and acknowledged--a way of regaining perspective and control over the events that move through their lives. In this book, the preeminent psychologist and researcher in the growing field of EET, takes you through a series of guided writing exercises that help you explore your feelings about difficult experiences. Each chapter begins with an introduction that explains how to proceed with the journal exercise and what it is structured to help accomplish. The book encourages you to do the exercise in the journal itself--each chapter provides plenty of ruled space--so that you can frequently refer to your own work and gain insight and clarity from your own words. The text offers encouragement and gentle advice for breaking through those inevitable moments when mental blocks make writing impossible; stream-of-consciousness and automatic writing clears away the obstacle and inspires you to even deeper levels of self-expression. The text stresses, throughout, the power for understanding and coping with difficult times that lies in storytelling, whether through fiction, dance, or art. In all, the exercises will leave you with a strong sense of your value in the world and the ability to accept that which is sometimes hard to accept--that life can be good even when it is sometimes bad.

Writing to Heal the Soul

Author: Susan Zimmermann
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 9780307561305
Release Date: 2010-02-10
Genre: Self-Help

Susan Zimmermann experienced a devastating loss when her first child, Katherine, developed a neurological disorder that left her unable to walk or talk. Faced with her daughter’s disability, Susan struggled with fear, denial, guilt, bitterness, and despair. She began to heal only through writing. Working through conflicting emotions with paper and pen enabled her to transform her sadness into acceptance and even joy. Writing to Heal the Soul is Susan’s gift to others—everyone, not just writers—who are suffering any kind of grief or loss, whether the injury, disability, or death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or the end of a relationship. Lyrically illustrated with true stories from the author and others, the book offers simple yet inspiring writing exercises to help you resolve your pain as you transform your grief into words of hope and healing. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Writing as a Way of Healing

Author: Louise Desalvo
Publisher: HarperOne
ISBN: 0062515195
Release Date: 1999-03-03
Genre: Self-Help

Acclaimed author Louise DeSalvo draws on her own experience and the lives of others to examine the healing power of the writing process. In this landmark work, DeSalvo uses her twenty years as a teacher of writing to explore how the creative process can in fact be a restorative tool. She looks at the cutting-edge scientific research on the subject and presents dozens of anecdotes of famous writers and beginners in the field to illuminate her theory that writing can repair pain--and keep our demons at bay. In Writing as a Way of Healing, DeSalvo also develops a detailed program of exercises that shows writers and nonwriters alike how to "open up" to themselves through writing, write regularly in a relaxed way, and achieve a state of personal acceptance through writing. DeSalvo's techniques will provide a solid foundation for writers to benefit both physically and emotionally from telling their stories. DeSalvo writes with remarkable insight of a wide range of writers who have found that their work helped them to heal, including Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, Kenzaburo Oe, Djuna Barnes, Peter Handke, Jamaica Kincaid, and Mark Doty. In these pages, we become familiar with writers' stories of healing: Isabel Allende deals with the anguish of sitting near her comatose daughter's bedside by beginning to compose a letter to her that eventually becomes the memoir Paula. Henry Miller, despondent when his wife, June, left him for another woman and contemplating suicide, instead works through the night on a story that details his life with June. This brief outline, written during a time of Miller's sharpest despair, serves as the inspiration for his greatest novels. DeSalvo illustrates how writers can find solace in their work if they ensure that they have a safe environment and a deliberate plan to approach the writing process. She also discusses what went wrong for writers "at risk" like Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath, and she warns of the danger of using writing as a call for help instead of seeking help. According to DeSalvo, the way to responsibly write, to heal, is to make an effort to understand our experiences as we write about them. The healing power comes from the reflection on the pain we are living through. In this inspiring book, highly acclaimed author and teacher Louise DeSalvo reveals the healing power of writing. Based on her twenty years of research, DeSalvo show how anyone can use writing as a way to heal the emotional and physical wounds that are an inevitable part of life. She draws on the journals, diaries, letters, and works of dozens of famous writers and students of the craft to illustrate how people "change physically and psychologically when they work on projects that grow from a deep, authentic place." With insight and wit, she illuminates how writers, from Virginia Woolf to Henry Miller to Audre Lorde to Isabel Allende, have been transformed by the wiring process. Writing as a Way of Healing includes valuable advice and practical techniques to guide and inspire both experienced and beginning writers.

Write to Heal

Author: Tom Bird
Publisher: Sojourn Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 1627470050
Release Date: 2013-06-08
Genre:

For the first time in history, the opportunity exists to not only become the published author of a book, but much more importantly, to rise, and rise rapidly, to the ranks of being a best-selling author without selling your soul. I know Borders has closed and Barnes & Noble is preparing for either a major sell off or, bankruptcy. Even though those moves may comprise a major personal tragedy of sorts for employees or those two corporations, for us, as authors, they signal a major breakthrough. One which, if taken advantage of, can lead you to the type of personal, professional, and financial fame as an author you could only have dreamt of before. Read on?

The Story You Need to Tell

Author: Sandra Marinella
Publisher: New World Library
ISBN: 9781608684847
Release Date: 2017-04-14
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

A practical and inspiring guide to transformational personal storytelling, The Story You Need to Tell is the product of Sandra Marinella’s pioneering work with veterans and cancer patients, her years of teaching writing, and her research into its profound healing properties. Riveting true stories illustrate Marinella’s methods for understanding, telling, and editing personal stories in ways that foster resilience and renewal. She also shares her own experience of using journaling and expressive writing to navigate challenges including breast cancer and postpartum depression. Each of the techniques, prompts, and exercises she presents helps us “to unravel the knot inside and to make sense of loss.”

Writing and Healing

Author: Charles M. Anderson
Publisher: National Council of Teachers
ISBN: 0814158609
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Psychology

Provides a unique occasion for teachers, scholars, and other professional to begin an open, serious conversation about the healing power of writing.

Expressive Writing

Author: James W. Pennebaker
Publisher: Idyll Arbor
ISBN: 1611580463
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Health & Fitness

"Write about what keeps you awake at night." That's the advice James Pennebaker and John Evans offer in Expressive Writing: Words that Heal. This book will help you overcome the traumas and emotional upheavals that are keeping you awake. You'll resolve issues, improve your health, and build resilience. Based on nearly 30 years of scientific research, the book shows you how and when expressive writing can improve your health. Its clear explanations of the writing process will enable you to express your most serious issues and deal with them through writing".-- book cover.

Write Therapy

Author: Christina Christou
Publisher:
ISBN: 1906954887
Release Date: 2014-10-23
Genre:

A self-help book which promotes the use of the easily accessible art of writing, namely journaling and writing affirmations, to heal from trauma, including depression and grief, and assist in changing our thoughts to attract a more desirable life.

When Words Heal

Author: Sharon Bray
Publisher: Frog Books
ISBN: 1583941584
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Health & Fitness

A step-by-step guide to writing during every step of surviving cancer makes recommendations for both solitary and group writing exercises, discusses how writing can be a meaningful part of the survival process, and shares interviews with and excerpts by cancer survivors. Original.

Opening Up

Author: James W. Pennebaker
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 9781462504848
Release Date: 2012-03-19
Genre: Psychology

Anyone who has ever entrusted a troubling secret to a journal, or mourned a broken heart with a friend, knows the feeling of relief that expressing painful emotions can bring. This book presents astonishing evidence that personal self-disclosure is not only good for our emotional health, but boosts our physical health as well. Psychologist James W. Pennebaker has conducted controlled clinical research that sheds new light on the powerful mind body connection. This book interweaves his findings with insightful case studies on secret-keeping, confession, and the hidden price of silence. Filled with information and encouragement, Opening Up explains: *Why suppressing inner problems takes a devastating toll on health *How long-buried trauma affects the immune system *How writing about your problems can improve your health *Why it's never too late to heal old emotional wounds *When self-disclosure may be risky--and how to know whom to trust

Writing to Awaken

Author: Mark Matousek
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 9781626258709
Release Date: 2017-07-01
Genre: Self-Help

Writing to Awaken is an inspirational investigation of the self through expressive writing, guiding you along the path of awakening through radical truth-telling and self-inquiry. With targeted and revelatory questions, you’ll be prompted to explore your own personal narrative—to write honestly about your deepest wounds, greatest challenges, hidden gifts, yearnings, and opportunities for growth—in order to discover a deeply authentic understanding of yourself and move toward a more liberated, truthful life. We each have our own story, a personal myth constructed from the content life presents us: we connect dots to shape the narrative, devise plotlines from circumstance, change characters, fashion conflicts, and adjust structure, settings, and themes as our lives unfold. But so often, over time, we come to believe that we are our story, identifying so strongly with the tales we’ve told ourselves and others that we cling to them for our very existence—even when they don’t quite fit. The realization that there’s a discrepancy between the narrative you’ve crafted and your authentic self can be disconcerting at first, but the exploration of that gap is a doorway to personal freedom, and this book will lead you through it. The writing exercises in this guide, one for nearly every week of the year, ask you to tell the whole truth about your experience. In doing so, you’ll come to realize that once you engage in this radical truth-telling, expressing yourself with complete honesty, your story changes; and when your story changes, your life is transformed. Rather than sticking with your illusive and tricky “Story of Me,” you’ll be prompted to go even deeper, piercing your personal myth and illuminating aspects of psyche and spirit that give way to profound moments of understanding and personal healing. This is not a how-to book for writers; it’s an invitation on a journey of self-discovery—a guide to facing yourself without flinching, accepting yourself as you are, surrendering to what is, and daring to question and transform what isn’t true. With Writing to Awaken, you’ll learn how to break free from the trance of mistaken identity and discover your essential, authentic self.

Reading and Writing Cancer How Words Heal

Author: Susan Gubar
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393246995
Release Date: 2016-05-17
Genre: Health & Fitness

An important addition to the literature of cancer by an award-winning scholar and memoirist. Elaborating upon her “Living with Cancer” column in the New York Times, Susan Gubar helps patients, caregivers, and the specialists who seek to serve them. In a book both enlightening and practical, she describes how the activities of reading and writing can right some of cancer’s wrongs. To stimulate the writing process, she proposes specific exercises, prompts, and models. In discussions of the diary of Fanny Burney, the stories of Leo Tolstoy and Alice Munro, numerous memoirs, novels, paintings, photographs, and blogs, Gubar shows how readers can learn from art that deepens our comprehension of what it means to live or die with the disease. From a writer whose own memoir, Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer, was described by the New York Times Book Review as “moving and instructive…and incredibly brave,” this volume opens a path to healing.