I have been a fan of Patti Digh’s book, Life is Verb, since 2010. In fact, I so enjoyed the book the first time I read it, I began a weekly blog meme: Life is a Verb Thursdays.
For those who might be unfamiliar with this work, here is the back cover blurb:
The death of her stepfather just 37 days after being diagnosed with cancer woke Patti Digh up, scared her, and made her examine her own life. She realized that living your best life doesn’t mean ditching your job and sailing around the world – it means living each individual, glorious, simple day with more intention. (emphasis my own)
Last week I focused on a book near and dear to my heart, The Artist’s Way, and previewed a few writing prompts I gleaned from each chapter.
Today I will do the same with Brene Brown’s bestseller, The Gifts of Imperfection.
While Expressive Journaling is deeply personal, there are times when we need a bit of help discovering a topic or emotion to unravel. There are three books I have used extensively to help develop writing prompts for just this purpose: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron; Life is a Verb by Patti Digh; and The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.
Over the next three weeks I will illustrate how I develop personal writing prompts from these three sources. Hopefully these will help you create your own writing prompts from special books in your personal library.
Expressive Journaling is the brainchild of Dr. James Pennebaker of the University of Texas, Austin. This differs from other types of journaling because it focuses on Emotions and Feelings rather than detailing events, thoughts, or reactions to circumstances.
Pennebaker’s writing prescription is simple:
Write your deepest feelings about an emotional event in your life for 15-20 minutes a day for four consecutive days.