It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” ―Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
Almost two centuries later, Dicken's words still ring true. We are experiencing a time of the world's greatest awakening and collective movement for good during a period of deep universal pain and suffering on this planet.
There's almost no one at this time whose life has not been touched by:
- Personal Grief from Loss of Loved Ones, Friends, Home, or Job
- Collective Grief due to Pandemic, Loss, Racism, Misogyny, Social Injustice, Climate Change, Plundering of the Planet, and Political Divisiveness
It is my sincere hope that you don't suffer from any of the first three. But there is not a person on this planet who is not affected by the fourth.
Adding to the sadness is the frustration that comes from feeling that you can't do anything about it—that things are beyond your control. This is where I lived for too long.
Yet insight and healing can emerge from the pain. I found there is something you can do to feel better and to make a difference in the world, and I want to share it with you.
Holding onto grief, tension, stress, anger, and other negative emotions can contribute to mental and physical illness, drain our energy, and cause us to feel and give off bad vibes—adding to what we seek to eliminate in the world.
Expressive writing is a practice recommended by therapists as a strategy to release the negative feelings and allow us to explore positive solutions for ourselves in a healthy and uplifting way.
I’ve found through my own experience and working with hundreds of writers over the years that the act of writing reveals and releases far more than you ever imagined was inside you.
I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.—Joan Didion, Why I write
If you want to learn how to release your thoughts and feelings to the page via journaling and timed writings, keep reading and...
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How to use prompts and timed writings
Set a timer for 5 10, 15, or 20 minutes, write the prompt at the top of the page, and go! Don't stop, don't correct or edit, don't lift your pen from the page for the entire allotted time. Continue until timer bell rings or chimes. If you want to keep going, do so.
A fail-proof system to complete ANY writing project from blog post to article to essay to novel is spelled out for you in How to Use Prompts, Timed Writing & Sprints to Complete ANY Writing Project.
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TESTIMONIAL FROM AUTHOR ELLEN REED
"Having spent a life as a healer, a mentor, a risk taker, and sometimes a visionary, I learned the importance of putting my thoughts and feelings into words so that others might benefit from my findings as they proceed through their personal journey. With great humility I faced many starts and stops due to some internal voices asking, 'Are you good enough' and 'Do you really know all there is to know about publishing a book that will be meaningful for others?'
Shelley Lieber came into my life when I realized that time was no longer on my side. I knew I needed to get beyond my own fears and self-imposed obstacles. I found many reasons to avoid dedication to the necessary steps until Shelley agreed to serve as my personal coach, my consultant and friend. She began by clarifying processes and expectations, exploring the many options I had not even known to consider and provided me other trusted support people who could help complete the progression of my work. And then came the greatest compliment when she committed to reading and critiquing my entire manuscript.
Shelley has incredible experience and judgement about the processes related to publication. She combines this wisdom with her sensitivity towards her client, including personal needs and wants, ambitions and concerns such as failing to reach publication in a timely manner. In essence my book, Someone to Watch Over You: Finding Your Strength Within, is the result of many of my life experiences including and especially the carefully designed assistance I received from Shelley Lieber. I honor her and recommend her to all who wish to devote their work to writing."