So I’ve been poking around at The Center for Journal Therapy which was mentioned in my last post Friday Favorites post about Naomi Shihab Nye. I’m finding the site to be very interesting. Especially the part about journal writing under Journal Cafe, Journal Writing: A Short Course. This is an excerpt from that page:
It’s Easy to W.R.I.T.E.
Just try these five easy steps. You’ll be writing!
W What do you want to write about? What’s going on? How do you feel? What are you thinking about? What do you want? Name it.
R Review or reflect on it. Close your eyes. Take three deep breaths. Focus. You can start with “I feel…” or “I want…” or “I think…” or “Today….” or “Right now…” or “In this moment…”
I Investigate your thoughts and feelings. Start writing and keep writing. Follow the pen/keyboard. If you get stuck or run out of juice, close your eyes and re-center yourself. Re-read what you’ve already written and continue writing.
T Time yourself. Write for 5-15 minutes. Write the start time and the projected end time at the top of the page. If you have an alarm/timer on your PDA or cell phone, set it.
E Exit smart by re-reading what you’ve written and reflecting on it in a sentence or two: “As I read this, I notice—” or “I’m aware of—” or “I feel—”. Note any action steps to take.
In summary….it’s easy to W.R.I.T.E. !
W hat topic?
T ime yourself
E xit smart
I’m posting it on here because I can see how these guidelines could be helpful when preparing material for a blog post. I thought perhaps others might find them helpful as well. Do, please, stop by the blog and read the full description there. It only takes a minute or two. There are some interesting and what I’d consider fruitful suggestions for writing either in a journal or in a blog. (I thought of you, Brenda, when I read them. 🙂 )