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Writing by the Water


Writing is like a good friend who's always there to lend an ear. It's therapeutic because it lets us spill our thoughts and feelings onto the page without judgment. When we jot down what's on our minds, it's like unriddling the tangled mess inside us. It gives us a chance to make sense of things, even the tough stuff, and that can be super healing. Plus, it's like taking a step back and looking at our problems from a different angle, which can bring a lot of relief.

So, whether it's in a journal, a story, or even a poem, writing is like our personal therapy session where we discover ourselves, find comfort in sharing, and begin a journey toward healing.

Writing Resources

20 Journal Prompts

Writer's block is a thing! Sometimes, especially is we are new to writing or not used to expressing our thoughts on paper or outside of our head, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are 20 prompts that you can use to get you started. They are designed to be printed on normal A4 paper or just kept handy on your device. 

Dig Deep
Inner Self Exploration 

This downloadable book expands on the 20 journal prompts and is packed with writing suggestions to spark self-discovery, creativity, and growth. Explore topics like happiness, challenges, and your inner critic. Whether you're new to journaling or a seasoned writer, these prompts are your guide to meaningful insights and empowerment. Start your journaling journey today and unlock the power of self-reflection.

How to Heal Through Journaling

A downloadable book that explores the therapeutic value of writing. Includes tips and techniques for effective journaling. This book offers a transformative journey through the art of journaling. It enlightens readers on harnessing writing as a powerful tool for self-discovery, emotional healing, and personal growth. Through expert insights and engaging exercises, it guides one towards mindfulness, creativity, and a deeper understanding of the self.

Writing Tips and Techniques

Embark on your writing journey with "Unveiling the Art of Writing," a comprehensive guide filled with practical tips, inspiring exercises, and personal insights. Perfect for both aspiring and experienced writers, this book is a valuable tool for honing your craft, finding your unique voice, and transforming your ideas into captivating stories.

Writing Resource List

I'm thrilled to share with you a carefully selected collection of resources that delve into the world of therapeutic writing. Whether you're just starting your journey or looking to deepen your practice, these books, websites, and further readings are wonderful guides on your path. Each one has been chosen for its potential to inspire, heal, and transform through the power of words. Dive in, explore, and let the journey of self-discovery and healing begin!

Books on Therapeutic Writing

  • "Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within" by Natalie Goldberg - This classic book is a treasure trove of insight for anyone looking to use writing as a means of exploration and expression. Goldberg’s approach is both accessible and profound, encouraging writers to find their unique voice.

  • "The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life" by Julia Cameron - Julia Cameron, known for her transformative work "The Artist's Way," offers another gem that invites readers to embrace writing as a natural, intensely personal part of life. Her engaging exercises and inspiring stories are perfect for anyone looking to heal through writing.

  • "Expressive Writing: Words that Heal" by James W. Pennebaker & John F. Evans - This book provides a groundbreaking approach to using writing to address emotional upheaval, trauma, and stress. It's a guide backed by research, offering practical exercises to help you navigate your healing journey.

  • "Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives" by Louise DeSalvo - DeSalvo explores the therapeutic power of narrative, drawing on her own experiences and those of others to show how writing can be a vital part of recovery and growth.

Websites and Online Resources

  • Journal Therapy ( - A fantastic online hub for those interested in journaling and writing for health, offering workshops, training, and a wealth of free resources.

  • Writing for Wellbeing ( - Focused on promoting mental health and emotional wellbeing through writing, this site offers workshops, resources, and guidance for individuals looking to explore therapeutic writing.

  • Writing to Heal, Writing to Grow ( - This website offers online writing courses and workshops designed to help individuals cope with life's challenges through writing.

  • The National Association for Poetry Therapy ( - An organization dedicated to promoting growth and healing through poetry and related expressive arts, offering resources, events, and a supportive community.

Further Reading and Materials

  • "Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making" by John Fox - A beautiful exploration of how the creation of poetry can be a powerful tool for healing and self-expression.

  • "The Healing Power of Writing: A Therapist's Guide to Using Journaling With Clients" by Susan Borkin - A practical guide for therapists and counselors looking to integrate writing into their therapeutic practice.

Remember, the journey through therapeutic writing is uniquely yours. These resources are here to support you, offering guidance, inspiration, and companionship as you explore the depths of your own story. Happy writing, and may your journey be filled with discovery, healing, and growth.

John Harper Writer of books, plays and diaries

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