Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Another reason we should have freedom to write and heal

One person was polite but did not think that I should continue writing this blog. Instead I should just focus on my students. I am focusing on the students that might want to learn or at least learn to question their own angry behavior and needless violence...
I wonder why this state just wants everyone to conform and just be good sheep?
So many bartenders have told me that I should not write in a bar. Bars are only for pool, watching American sports, and getting fat. You should not write or talk about anything deeper than the weather or sports.
No wonder this state is 43rd in the comfort zone and how it scares away anything cool or creative. I have been reading this book about writing helps you heal.

Writing from Within: A Guide to Creativity and Life Story Writing

Yes, you have stories to tell about your life and experiences, your parents and siblings, your friends and enemies, and you can write the stories of your life with intimacy, depth of feeling, and astute observations. Where will these admirable qualities come from? From within yourself.

Writing from Within presents a proven program that helps you free up memories and buried images from the past, discover your own creative spark, and develop the skills and confidence you need to write your own life story. Whether you're an experienced writer or a complete novice, you'll embark on a voyage of self-discovery in which you learn to express yourself fully and beautifully on paper, get in touch with your most meaningful memories, and harness the power of those memories to create truthful and vivid stories. You'll also learn to use fiction techniques such as narrative, dialogue, and inner monologue to bring your stories to life; overcome the fear of writing; and develop your authentic writing voice.

There are many reasons to write your life story. Perhaps the best reason is to provide those who come after you with a sense what has gone before, where they came from, and how to plot out their own paths in life.(that is one very reason why I will not let this go!) Whatever your reason, Writing from Within will help you to write a lively, accurate, and compelling account of the things you've done and what you thought and felt as you experienced your life.

Bernard Selling is a writing instructor and the creator of the autobiographical writing program for the adult division of the Los Angeles Unified School District. He gives lectures and writing workshops around the country.

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