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Writing For Yourself

Updated on April 10, 2018
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Kim Johnson is a wife, mom, scientist, writer, dreamer among other things. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and is a Chemist in NJ.

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An Old Friend

I wrap my arms around you and feel the warmth on my skin

A new awakening I’ve been yearning for, waiting to begin

My fingers remember how to move and flow as my mind sends word

Turning my thoughts and memories into a kind of song to be heard

It does not matter how much time has passed, just that we are here now

To rekindle this flame that has felt dull for some time

To remember my true purpose, this calling of mine.

Writing for Therapy

When I was a little girl, I was given a journal by my parents. I was always a day dreamer and had lots of ideas, and having a journal was a great way to creatively express myself. I used my journal as a way to organize my thoughts, express myself, vent and dream. Poetry became a way I could creatively express myself, I felt like it flowed through me and poured onto the paper. I enjoyed it, was lost in it and felt uplifted once I was done.

Writing became my therapy.

When I was a little girl, my father passed away. My mom took us to art therapy and that taught us a way to express what we were going through. I don't think that you have to necessarily talk to feel better, but I do believe you have to find what works for you to help you through your pain, loss, stress, anxiety or depression.


Stream of Conscious Writing

Steam of Conscious writing allows your thoughts to flow through you.

Take a pen and paper and prepare to write. You may choose a topic or let your mind relax and write about anything that flows into your mind. Take it and let it flow. Don't pay attention to grammar, or making sense.

Write for as long as you need, until that thought pattern finishes and you become aware. Let your thoughts take you and flow through you onto the paper.

When you are finished, read what you wrote. Did it help you get things off your chest? Provide Clarity? Answer a question that has been bothering you all day?


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    • lifegate profile image

      William Kovacic 

      7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Another great post, Kim.I know it's not original, but I also like your beginning quote by Graham Greene.

    • Kimberly1209 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Johnson 

      7 months ago from New Jersey

      Hi Eric, I'm so happy this was a reminder for your son. I think it's very easy to forget sometimes, but it's ok! We can start right back up.

      Thank you,

      Kim

    • Kimberly1209 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Johnson 

      7 months ago from New Jersey

      Dear Sean,

      Thank you so much, your comments mean so much to me! I'm happy you were able to find joy and peace in writing too.

      Peace to you.

      -Kim

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks that just reminded me to remind my son to write in his. He got excited, he had just forgotten.

    • Sean Dragon profile image

      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      7 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Lightful and helpful, right from a noble Heart!

      It is so important to take your hard times and make Light out of them!

      The writing was my "escape" when I lost my beloved father too.

      Thank you for this beautiful Hub, my dear friend, Kimberly. I think that it will help a lot.

      Keep on, the good work!

      Peace on you.

      Sean

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