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Power-Writing Relieves Stress

Updated on October 23, 2012

© by Jennifer McLeod writing as jenjen0703, all rights reserved.


Learning to Write

As a child, I learned how to read and write at a young age. Words have interested me as long as I can remember. By the age of 5, I usually had a different Walt Disney book in my hand each day. I can remember the white birch tree in the back yard. I could climb that tree so high that I could see the top of our house. I would climb up to the top with a book and sit and read.

Handwriting was another task that intrigued me. I would spend hours practicing my letters and my penmanship. I had a goal, then, to have perfect handwriting. I have seven journals of writing that I have kept over the years. When I was 12 years old, I hijacked my mother's old ribbon-style, manual typewriter, and taught myself how to type. There was a chart in the side pocket of the case that showed me the home row keys and where to place my fingers.

At that time, I had no idea the value in what I had learned. Later, I used my newly acquired skills to receive easy A's in various classes that required me to type. Public schools were not even offering computer classes at this time.

Now that I am older, I do not dwell on my signature. My writing involves a keyboard and a computer. I do not journal much anymore, and instead, use my thoughts for freelance writing online (this sure does cut back on the paper usage).

Writing for Therapy

I am a talker. I love to talk and express myself best with words. I have found that regular writing can be extremely therapeutic when you are having a bad day. Power-writing will help also help combat depression.

Later on, a wise person gave me a piece of advice about therapeutic writing. She advised me to set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes and write. I was told not to stop writing and to write down whatever crossed my mind until the timer beeped, signaling that my time is over.

Do not hold back on power-writing. Keep it real and be honest with yourself. This tactic is most effective when you get everything off your chest.

The amazing thing about this therapeutic method is what you read when you are finished. It gave me fantastic ideas to write articles on when I started freelance writing. Since I began writing online, I have only had to do one power-writing session. It resulted in the following hub: Have Strength in Tough Times.

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My favorite retreat

Your Surroundings Affect Your Writing

Your environment makes a difference in the outcome of your writing. If you are arguing with your spouse and are able to "cut the tension with a knife", it is a good idea that you find a quiet place to put your thoughts on paper. It is difficult to concentrate when there are noisy distractions around you. Being angry and arguing with another person can keep your mind away from the task at hand. I know when I am angry or stressed out, I have a difficult time staying still in one place or concentrating on work.

Where you choose to write in your home can affect the outcome, too. When I first began freelance writing, I would sit on the couch or in bed while I worked. I found that doing this caused me to become too comfortable, and I would fall asleep. I decided to work at my desk or kitchen table because I do not relax enough to be able to fall asleep. I have to apply this to my schoolwork as well.

My favorite place to hide when I write is in downtown Battle Creek, along the Battle Creek River. This area, along the Linear Path, has beautiful landscaping and enormous rocks that I sit on while I write. It is easy to lose track of time when you are sitting there. It is quiet, and the place where I sit is well-concealed by people who are walking by on the trail. They would have to come to the edge of the river and look down the rocks to see me.

From Fellow Hubbers...

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Try It!

Give power-writing a try the next time you are stressed out. Keep your notes because they might be useful later on in your life. You could do as I did and turn them into writing articles by joining HubPages and bringing them to life and help others, too. You could also try applying to be a writer at the Examiner, where there is good money-making opportunities. Please use this link instead of joining direct, because if you are accepted, we both will earn bonuses.

I never expected to become a freelance writer, but I am truly amazed at how much fun it has been. I have a voice for issues I believe in, and people enjoy my stories. I am grateful for the people who send me feedback and asking me for advice, complimenting my stories, and understanding that I am doing this for the better of society, not just for personal gain.


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    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Thanks AdrienneZ Milligan! I really enjoy writing, and like you, most of my writing is done on my computer too. Between work and school, I feel like I type for 16 hours some days. Have a terrific weekend!!

    • AdrienneZMilligan profile image


      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I have used writing for therapy to reduce stress for years. Sometimes, the only way for me to destress is to write. I write mostly now on the laptop, but when I am stuck or it's the words aren't flowing, I do switch to writing by hand which helps the thoughts flow (most of the time) and seems to calm as well. I appreciated this hub and have passed it on to other writer friends.

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Thanks for the comment ytsenoh. I agree, putting my thoughts into a computer is much faster than physically writing. Good luck with your writing!!

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      6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Jen, thumbs up on your hub. I really liked the video that gave great information for therapeutic writing. Even writers need this and think of how much faster we can string out those thoughts on a computer. I completely agree that writing is an excellent tool to alleviate unwanted or unnecessary stressors. Thank you.

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Thanks HikeGuy! I love to write, which is why I quit journaling and started writing for HubPages and, also, blogging. Since I started freelance writing, it has helped my stress level immensely.

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      6 years ago from Northern California Coast

      This is a great exercise -- thanks. I've been free writing as long as I've been writing -- love the idea of power writing. For copywriting I had to train myself to write without stopping. This made me think of how often I edit myself in other forms of writing.

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Thanks, gail641. I have not been power-writing much lately as I bought a house and have been so busy, I barely sleep these days. Thanks for your support!

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      6 years ago from Mason City

      Power writing sounds like a great idea. I should try it. I think writing is good therapy. Great hub!

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Thanks for the vote, Kamalesh! I have found that power-writing has been very useful. Take care of yourself too!

    • Kamalesh050 profile image


      6 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Excellent hub, very nicely presented my dear friend. Good idea and very interesting. I must give power-writing a try. Voted Up.

      Take care. Best Wishes, Kamalesh

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Thanks for the wonderful comment MobyWho. Several of my hubs are a result of writings I kept from earlier power-writing sessions. I used to journal and found my old diaries to motivate me too.

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Thanks Tonu1973. This technique worked well for me because I vent when I am stressed. Power-writing allows me to vent without having to hassle a friend.

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Thanks for the comment and support. Power-writing was one of the most therapeutic, fast-acting techniques I learned in therapy. When you try it, let me know how it worker out for you!!

    • MobyWho profile image


      6 years ago from Burlington VT

      I read a book, Wild Mind, several years ago. Combine this with Power Writing and your imagination has no bounds. Throw it on paper; talk into your recorder; cull these scraps later and you have the basis for a Hub, book, etc. Just let it flow!

    • Tonu1973 profile image


      6 years ago from the outer reaches of reality

      I have tried free flow writing which sounds very similar, but writing when I am mad sounds like a great way to tap into a different dimension of ideas. Thanks for writing this hub.

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      Clarissa Wilson 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      I have never tried power writing but am definitely going to give it a try now since I read this. Great article!

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Hi, theking2020, thanks for stopping by and checking it out. Ever since I started freelance writing, life has been much calmer in ways. Writing is an excellent way to get my feelings out without bothering anyone for their time to talk.

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      6 years ago

      Great article, writing is a great way to deal with stress lets out the emotions without the need to stress out.

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Hi, L.L. When I did this writing technique for the first time, I was amazed! This technique is especially handy if there's something deep you need to talk about, but no one you trust is available to talk, or if it is an embarrassing issue to talk about.

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      I used to be the same way, but over the years, I have learned that if I want any peace and quiet to write, I should go outside. I have four children and two dogs, so it is rarely quiet in my house. This time of year it is impossible, though. Depending on the day, we either have snow or mud.

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      L.L. Woodard 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I can see where power-writing, as your therapist termed it, could be therapeutic. Instead of "storing" thoughts and feelings, you can put them to paper and then either deal with them as you see fit or put them behind you.

      Thanks for sharing this idea. Voted up.

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      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      Writing as a stress buster, not heard of it before, but I can see how it could work. I haven't tried that, but I have to admit I feel chilled if I take my writing somewhere quiet and outside,

      Good read, SOCIALLY SHARING and voting.

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      I agree with you 100%. Since I started writing here at HP, I have only had to do a couple power-writing sessions. It led to some great hubs, though. Thanks for the vote!

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      6 years ago from Valencia

      Really loved reading your Hub! Power writing I didn't know of but I will definitely give it a try.

      I still write in my journals but like you not as much as I did before. Writing on Hubpages has been so fullfilling, being able to follow excellent writers like you.

      Great Hub Jen! Voted up, shared and away!

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Hi Bruce!

      Thanks for the comment. I power nap all the time. Seven years ago, I was trying to work 2 jobs and attend college half-time. I received an hour lunch on my day job, so I would go home (was 5 minutes from work), let my dog out to take care of his business, then lay down on the couch for 35 minutes. I usually got to sleep 20 to 30 minutes, just long enough to rejuvenate and go back to work.

      Power-earning? What is that?


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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi JenJen!

      Really appreciated this hub. I learned to Power-nap in the 20 minute taxi-cab ride from Kimpo International airport to my hotel in Seoul, S.Korea in 1989. Who new I would learn how to power-write in 2012?

      I am still doing it in my journal so I can combine the two activities. It is so much fun, but I do often have to be in the right environment. if I can combine power-napping, power-writing and power-earning, I just might have something. (LOL):)

      Voted up and enlightening!!!


    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Thanks for the comment. Actually, I'm feeling like I might need to do that today, power-write. It's snowing hard right now, so running is out of the question, unless I go through the woods.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Writing can sublimate our pain, suffering, and anger. I enjoyed reading your perspective.

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      I enjoy it immensely. Sometimes, though, if I am really stressed, I'll go for a run through the woods, too, as this helps.

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      No, I have never seen that movie but would like to check it out. Thanks for reading my hub!

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Thanks for the support. My therapist called it power-writing, so I just adopted it from that.

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      Abigail Richards 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Good idea here. Combating the stress of life while improving my writing skills. I'm gonna try this method and see if it improves my productivity and my moods ! :)

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      6 years ago from Tennessee

      Up and interesting. Had never thought of this before but I see merit in just imagining the consequences. Did you ever see the movie "Finding Forester"? This is discussed in the movie...

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      Yvonne Spence 

      6 years ago from UK

      I do this kind of writing every day, and have done for years. It’s really my main way of writing. I haven’t heard it called power writing before, but it’s quite a good name for it as it does give you power over emotions and it is also a very powerful way to bring ideas from the unconscious mind to the surface.

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      I am in complete agreement with you. I have also found that if you change your writing environment up from time to time, in can inspire hidden ideas that never occurred to me.

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      6 years ago from Oregon, USA

      As a fiction writer in general, I got in touch with power writing quite a while as well. Not only is it incredibly therapeutic, it's also a great way to mine some emotional gems for regular writing as well. It's amazing what kind of inspirational stuff you can get out of power writing.

    • JenJen0703 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jennifer McLeod 

      6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      I do write for ten or fifteen minutes. Your hand won't take much more than that unless you type it. It gives me an opportunity to get all my frustrations out, whatever they are. The best part? I can be brutally honest because no one else can hear

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      Debbie Roberts 

      6 years ago from Greece

      I like the idea of power writing, to write without hesitation. Do you just write for ten or fifteen minutes whatever random thoughts are floating around in your head? I'll have to give it a go. Thank you for sharing.


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