Writing for Self-Discovery
This book, which I co-wrote with John
Killick, is intended for people who would like to use creative writing
as a tool to explore themselves. It is addressed both to those who may
have had little experience of writing and to practised writers who would
like to deepen their work through self-discovery.
Here are the contents of the book:
|This is part of the introduction to Flow-Writing followed
by one way of starting it off and an example:
allowing ourselves to associate freely - that is to put down the first words
that come into our heads, then to write down whatever these make us think
of and to keep following the train of thought wherever it takes us - our
deepest ideas and feelings begin to surface. When you try out this technique
you may feel a strong urge to direct your writing, but resist it...
|Here is another way to start Flow-Writing. Write down two or three of the following: a feeling, a colour, a food, a sound, a smell, a texture, something you've said or thought today, an object you've handled, a plant you've seen, an animal, the name of a person you know or have known. Now make up a sentence using at least two of the words you've written down. Let this be the first sentence of your Flow-Writing. Any of your preliminary words may have an influence on it.
Red, anger, hoot. It must be lack of confidence not anger that made him hoot. Yes, he has to be in control or he can't cope. I know that feeling exactly, that sense that I must keep hold of all ends. Red ends fraying, ends jumping out of my hands, pulling off my jacket, leaving me so exposed I will never recover. Recover what old cushion? Cats' hairs all over the cushion...and at this point the cat walks over my wallet, over the computer keys and creates a word in the screen. Words, words, words, Hamlet - anger. How can I write about my anger? (Leigh Thomas)
|Writing in New Insight Ramona Moody said of Writing for Self-Discovery: 'A practical guide that really really works. Brimful of clever techniques guaranteed to unleash that creative spirit inside...Professional scribblers will find useful ideas for sparkling up the source of expression and breaking through writers' block. And absolutely anyone can find encouragement to set down some good, hard soul-searching...Also a good read for its diverse offerings of poetry and prose geared to self-expression. Highly recommended.'
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