Writing for Wellbeing provides an outlet for thoughts and feelings that might otherwise not be expressed. Modern society can make it more difficult to talk things over with a friend, relative or neighbour, and we can become tied up in our day-to-day pretence that everything is 'fine'. What matters to our sense of wellbeing is that we find an opportunity to let those thoughts out - to give them an airing - even if afterwards they are consigned to the bin or the bonfire. Some thoughts and feelings we might think are better not expressed, but even those - and perhaps especially those - have a way of staying deep within ourselves, only to jump out at three o'clock in the morning and haunt us for the rest of the night. 'Writing Your Self' is an opportunity to 'right yourself' by exploring our life experiences, in a gentle and supportive atmosphere, and to find a way of accepting them, in a compassionate way, as part of who we are.
'Writing Your Self' also captures the essence of creative writing, where your life experiences and imagination combine to produce a unique voice with which to tell your story.
Anne Lamott probably summed this up as well as anyone, when a student asked her why writing mattered: “Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored."
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