5.17.23 ~ Wide Open Wednesday Writing Prompt ~ The Power of Purposeful Writing ~ Daily Writing Prompts~ Writing Practice for Balance and Creativity

“Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things that eat you up.” John Edgar Wideman

Suze Muses

I have been a journaler since I could write. At a very tender age I wrote about my pent-up feelings towards my family. I wrote about my “troubles”. I dreamed into my notebooks and I created characters and scenarios that I wanted to live and experience. Writing has been my best and dearest friend, my therapist and my collaborator. I know the benefits I reap from a daily practice. I coach clients using writing as tool to evolve and to write what they must say regarding their creative ideas, passions and muses.

Writing it does a body good.

A 2018 Cambridge University study reported that the practice of writing for self-expression has mental and physical health benefits. “Expressive writing” improves a person’s working memory, improves their mood and affect, reduces blood pressure, and produces feelings of greater psychological well-being in both the short- and long-term. 

So, if you write to my daily free prompts your life will improve. Now get to it!

Longer-term benefits of expressive writing.

Health Outcomes

Fewer stress-related visits to the doctor

Improved immune system functioning

Reduced blood pressure

Improved lung and liver functioning

Fewer days in the hospital

Improved mood/affect

Feeling of greater psychological well-being

Reduced depressive symptoms before examinations

Fewer post-traumatic intrudance and avoidance symptoms

Social and Behavior Outcomes

Reduced absenteeism from work

Quicker re-employment after job loss

Improved working memory

Improved sporting performance

Higher GPA in students

Altered social and linguistic behavior

Wide Open Wednesday Writing Prompt ~ Write about something that used to be very important to you that isn’t anymore. Why was it so important and what changed?