The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing: Writing Myself

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CHAPTER EIGHT

Writing to Help You Take Control
of Your Own Life:
‘This is My Decision!’

Emotionally charged events no longer make me gulp and bottle things
up. I now tend to write about what has happened and what I feel about it.

(Moira Brimacombe, The Emotional Release of Writing, p.32)

Writing things down in itself sharpens perspectives, breaks things down
into clearer ‘elements’ and brings up further questions which facilitate
learning.

(Liz)

Reflective writing helps to prioritise, organise and give direction to
actions.

(Anna Stanford)

The periods when I undertake this (writing activity) can be unsettling
just as much as they can be therapeutic. They are vehicles for me to test
out the very basis of my assumptions and re-evaluate significant portions
of both personal and professional life.

(Sonya)

Writing helps the writer to see things more clearly and to act in the knowledge of that clarity. Bringing a specific problem to the pen and paper can enable the situation to be seen more from different angles and as if through fresh eyes. There are various methods for writing in this way, depending on the way you like working, your mood and the type of problem. A range of ideas are discussed below. Some of the examples are from people

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