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How to Write Expressively and Adapt It to Your Novels
Writing to Heal can Help You Find Peace With Yourself and Improve Your Own Writing
What is expressive writing?
Expressive writing is a method of dealing with trauma, like therapeutic journaling. It’s the cornerstone of wellness and writing connections. It comes from our core. It’s personal and emotional writing without regard to form or other writing conventions like spelling, verb agreement, and punctuation. It expresses what’s on your mind and in your heart since it pays no attention to propriety. Find your digging or mining in creative writing.
Expressive writing is expressing what you notice by tapping into an emotional truth for fiction and might have an arc of a story.
Take a Journey in Your own Journal on how you Feel and how you Heal
Write From Your Heart
One of my classes, I attended in last fall’s full day local conference, was on Expressive Writing. I first thought it was for fiction novels when it was mostly focused on nonfiction novels. I’ve learned it could be used for both forms of writing in both ways.
To write expressively, you don’t need an advanced degree to get published. The speaker redirected the focus on his published book on how he used expressive writing for his latest works.
Transform Feelings Onto Paper
You should write expressively on what you care about. Take it from your own life. Shelf those items by envisioning things or people, for fiction and poetry. Use everything and put them into a pot to create places, people and scenarios. It pays more attention to feelings than events, memories, objects or people in narrative contents.
It can help you tell your story if it’s good, dark or light. Keep a notepad by your bed. Change the names to express rage and anger… (for example, dark.)
You can make something at stake by investing the reader into action. Maybe you can hire a professional editor if the quality’s there. You can write for pleasure for how long. Take a walk for a bit. For edits, you should have placeholders to keep track of your physical and computer notes.
Be Your Own Researcher
In order to understand how to use expressive writing, be your own researcher for four days and explore your own feelings. Use these exercises and prompts to guide you. Later on, you'll find out what it can do for you and your writing.
Before you start, read this careful.
1. Set aside 20 minutes for four days.
2. Choose your own important and personal topics to write.
3. Have pen and paper with you. Don't worry about making mistakes in grammar and punctuation during your journaling. Draw a line or repeat the previous sentence, if you run out of things to write.
4. This is for you only and not a letter. Write for yourself. You may wish to conceal it or destroy it later.
5. If you get in too deep in the writing, observe the flip-out rule, or it might push you over the edge. Stop writing, if you can't write about certain traumatic events or if you go in-depth into your writing and can't write about a sore spot.
6. Within two hours of your session, this feeling of sadness or depression will subside on the first or second day.
Writing prompt: Let it go. Explore the traumatic experiences in your life and tie it with other hidden trauma. Link it to the future to find out who you'll wish to be or like to be. Write about major conflicts or stressors, if you don't have a single trauma. Keep this for yourself and don't share with others. No need to worry about how you wrote it.
Time's Up: Your Results
Reflect on what you’ve written and notice in your life. How you feel and believed it to me. Perhaps you'll share it. Be compassionate and give yourself time. Store it, tear it or shred it, if you're worried about privacy. You may want to keep it and come back to it later, if you’re concerned that someone may read what you wrote.
Post-script: Local Conference Update
Two years ago, I’ve attended my first local half-day conference. I’ve found out, that since the person in charge who retired last year, no one had taken her place. But I did find out, that instead of twice a year, it’ll would be held every fall for the full day conference in a new location. In the meantime, I’ll continue to share what I’ve learned with my post-conference hubs this spring and summer.