Writing As a Stress Release<br />Debbie Eisenberg Merion, M.S.W<br />essaycoaching.com<br />debbiemerion.com<br />
Reading List<br />Annie Lamott-Bird by Bird<br />Julia Cameron-The Right to Write, The Artist’s Way<br />Natalie Goldberg-...
Writing Down The Bones<br />
Two Techniques<br />Writing Lists<br />Writing Practice<br />
Writing Lists<br />Three good moments from yesterday<br />Three things I’m frustrated about<br />Five ways I can reward my...
Natalie Goldberg’s Rules of Writing Practice<br />Decide how long you'll write (e.g. 5 or 10 minutes)<br />Set a timer<br ...
General Writing Prompts<br />I remember/I don’t remember<br />I want to/I don’t want to<br />I’m thinking of/I’m not think...
I remember…<br />--a man, (a woman, a child, a teacher)<br />--red (blue)<br />--a scratchy (or wet) feeling<br />--third ...
More Specific Writing Prompts<br />Give me your morning, breakfast, waking up, walking to the bus stop.  Be specific.<br /...
After Writing<br />“How did that feel?”<br />“Were there any phrases/sentences that really resonate with you?”<br />“Would...
Why Write?<br />“We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living.  Writing is sensual, exp...
Debbie Eisenberg Merion<br />734-646-5985<br />debbiemerion@gmail.com<br />debbiemerion.com<br />
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Writing as a Stress Release, Nov 6 2009

  1. 1. Writing As a Stress Release<br />Debbie Eisenberg Merion, M.S.W<br />essaycoaching.com<br />debbiemerion.com<br />
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  3. 3. Reading List<br />Annie Lamott-Bird by Bird<br />Julia Cameron-The Right to Write, The Artist’s Way<br />Natalie Goldberg-Writing Down the Bones, Thunder and Lighting<br />
  4. 4. Writing Down The Bones<br />
  5. 5. Two Techniques<br />Writing Lists<br />Writing Practice<br />
  6. 6. Writing Lists<br />Three good moments from yesterday<br />Three things I’m frustrated about<br />Five ways I can reward myself<br />
  7. 7. Natalie Goldberg’s Rules of Writing Practice<br />Decide how long you'll write (e.g. 5 or 10 minutes)<br />Set a timer<br />Select a writing prompt<br />Don't cross out<br />Don't worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar<br />Lose control, don't think, don't get logical<br />Go for the jugular, anything that is scary or exciting probably has lots of energy<br />Feel free to write the worst junk in America<br />
  8. 8. General Writing Prompts<br />I remember/I don’t remember<br />I want to/I don’t want to<br />I’m thinking of/I’m not thinking of<br />
  9. 9. I remember…<br />--a man, (a woman, a child, a teacher)<br />--red (blue)<br />--a scratchy (or wet) feeling<br />--third (or sixth) grade<br />
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  11. 11. More Specific Writing Prompts<br />Give me your morning, breakfast, waking up, walking to the bus stop. Be specific.<br />Tell about the quality of light coming in the window.<br />Write about swimming, the stars, the most frightened you’ve ever been, the closest you ever felt to God or nature<br />
  12. 12. After Writing<br />“How did that feel?”<br />“Were there any phrases/sentences that really resonate with you?”<br />“Would you like to read out loud?”<br />“Thank you”<br />
  13. 13. Why Write?<br />“We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We should write because writing is good for the soul.” <br />–Julia Cameron<br />
  14. 14. Debbie Eisenberg Merion<br />734-646-5985<br />debbiemerion@gmail.com<br />debbiemerion.com<br />

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