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Writer's Workshop II

Enjoy the following topics from our latest workshop. Journaling, or keeping a diary as we did when we were younger, has the most incredible benefits for our mind, body and soul.


Who knew? Enjoy!



Journaling Benefits:

  1. It helps you create order in your world 

  2. You get to know yourself by revealing and prioritizing your fears, thoughts, concerns and feelings.

  3. Your writing time is your own personal relaxation time. 

  4. An opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and behaviors.

  5. Reduces stress, helps with depression and anxiety, focuses your mind, and organizes your life.

  6. Use for meditation, open up, and let go of things that bother you.

  7. Helps you to declutter your mind, which leads to better thinking.

  8. Sharpens your memory and improves your learning capability and focus.

  9. Helps you to analyze and self-reflect on your thoughts and feelings, and then work through them in a healthy, holistic way.

  10. Improves your writing and inspire creativity!

  11. Improves happiness, sleep, memory function, and personal performance. 

  12. Keeping a diary has a big impact on your overall happiness, rewiring your  brain, whether it's a conscience shift in attitude you seek or you're trying to reach other life goals.

  13. Builds immunity, very therapeutic:  regular journal to write about events that bring up anger, grief, trauma anxiety, or joy that occur in daily life.

 

Start your journaling by writing down 3 things you’re grateful for in the morning or in the evening or both. Slowly graduate to things that you are celebrating or things that are bothering you. Eventually, write down some thoughts you might have for a story. Keep your journal handy!

 

Turning a journal entry into a memoir, consider these steps:

1. Identify Themes:

  • Review your journal entries and identify recurring themes, significant events, or emotional arcs.

2. Select Key Events:

  • Choose specific events or experiences that stand out and contribute to the overall narrative of your life.

3. Create a Timeline:

  • Organize the selected events chronologically to form a cohesive timeline for your memoir.

4. Develop Characters:

  • If your journal includes interactions with people, develop those characters by providing depth and context.

5. Reflect and Analyze:

  • Expand on your thoughts and reflections in the journal entries. Share your insights and lessons learned.

 

Happy Journaling!

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