1. Julie

    I picked up this book about a year ago, and while it was an interesting read, there were a few parts I just couldn’t wrap my head around. She says not to focus on what your handwriting looks like and just write as fast as you can, and Im not sure I could ever do that! I find journaling to be more of a mindfulness thing for me. I enjoy forming each word and watching the ink pool and shade, and pausing to think about what I really want to say, and what parts of my day were important enough to me for me to write about. My take on journaling has changed over the years though, so maybe one day I will be able to relate to this approach more than I do now ☺

    • wonderpens

      I completely understand what you’re saying! While she talks about the fast writing as just clearing your mind of the emotions without thinking about it (and you may then be surprised at what comes out on the page!), I also completely get what you’re saying about thinking and appreciating and feeling all the things you want to say. I think I’m personally a bit more in line with how you write, although I’m trying to let loose a bit, as I’m trying not to let how things look affect my own inhibitions!
      Thanks for taking the time to share! 🙂

  2. Ben

    Thanks for the post, Liz. This looks like an interesting book. I feel like there are multiple reasons why I can’t stick with journal writing, but I think one of the chief problems is that I feel there is little value in it (even though I know there is value). I’ve felt like I’ve needed to get over that hurdle, and perhaps by figuring out how to write out “deeper” maybe I can do that.

    I’ve requested the book from the library so I can read through it. I appreciate you doing this series of posts.


    PS: Related matter, my library region has one copy of this book and it is currently in transit to someone else. I can’t help but think there are a few other people in my area that have read your post and now want to read the book. I wish I could send a message to the person who is in front of me to see where they heard of the book 😉

    • wonderpens

      Thanks so much for reading, and taking the time to comment! I always love hearing from you.

      I completely understand what you’re saying! Sometimes it can seem like a lot of effort to write for the sake of writing, if it doesn’t seem to offer any relief or joy or understanding out of it. It feels a bit like you’re writing for the sake of writing, and not really heading anywhere. I hope this book helps! I sometimes the point of life is to feel things deeply and fully, and writing can definitely be a way there.

      And you are too kind! What a dream that would be if it was true, haha!! Probably better that you can’t find out so I can hold onto the faintest of hopes 😉

      I think people are just interested in writing! It’s amazing. More and more people these days are finding technology’s connecting-all-the-time-non-stop has made people step back and think about how to connect deeply with themselves in a simpler way. Hope you enjoy the book, and more blog posts to come! 🙂

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