For those who struggle with goal focused written therapy or need reinforcement as to its effectiveness, there is a great new book titled How to be a Writer who Writes by Greg Miller. Greg teaches creative writing to professional writers. His process is powerful and effective. He calls Phase 1 of his process open-ended, expectation free writing. This approach is designed to get you past your conscious editor, a crucial step in both creative writing and written therapy.
In therapy, harnessing your subconscious allows you to replace bad habits, challenge twisted beliefs and influence destructive behavior. As a creative writer, this approach provides access to your experiences, stories, feelings, perceptions, ideas, concepts, skills and theories.
You know a book is going to be great when it starts out “In the beginning, there usually isn’t a word. There’s usually a feeling. A flash insight. A moment of clarity. A revelation.” Capturing your emotionally laden thoughts and allowing yourself to be a beginner are important first steps in the creative process.
Some more of Gregg’s wisdom ( http://othernetwork.com ):
“Every tactic doesn’t work, every time for everyone but there’s always a work around.”
“It’s Ok to ask for help.”
“Once you have a note book dedicated exclusively to a project, the project no longer just exists in your imagination. Now it exists in the material world.”
“Always have a pen at hand.”
“Always take notes on everything.”
“Don’t be precious (yet). Don’t censor yourself (yet). Don’t judge (yet).”
“Don’t rewrite notes.”
“Don’t go more than 3 days without writing something.”
Making thoughts visible starts the process of change. Writing can access deep-seated emotions and can get you to your creative center. Change is hard but doable. Knowing the process will get you to where you need to go.