Category Archives: Reflective Writing

The definition and value of reflective writing

What’s Your Point?

What is your point?  Rude as it sounds, the question “What’s your point?” reminds writers that communication always has a purpose. We don’t write merely to put words on paper. We want to express a thought, an idea, an opinion, … Continue reading

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Voice and Vantage Point

Voice. Developing one’s voice is critical for writers if each of us wishes to standout as unique in a galaxy of other writers. But voice is an aspect of writing that is formed from many different elements—tone, style, and vantage … Continue reading

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The Hidden Structure of Writing

The word structure can evoke images of a linear arrangement of ideas, even a certain logical rigidity. Structure, however, can also be flowing and organic. The mind creates its own connections and provides its own logic if we allow our … Continue reading

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Explore Your Senses and Write

Want to write and don’t know what to write about? Explore your senses and write about the experience as fully as you can. Put a strawberry in your mouth. Let your mouth feel it before you bite into it. Take … Continue reading

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Top Ten Reasons Why Writing is Transformative

Writing changes us. When we create text, the self-reflexive process of writing allows us to interact with ourselves, our minds, our feelings. The inward and outward direction of our awareness during the writing process transforms our experience our understanding, our … Continue reading

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Summer in the Universe

I’m spending some time away from work this summer. So, for the next month, I’ll be somewhere in the universe other than my office–for the most part. My blog will return in the fall as I continue to reflect on … Continue reading

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Support for Your Writing Journal

Every single day, dozens and dozens of writing ideas pass us by. Take a moment to snag some of those ideas to write about later on. I  suggest using a practice similar to Oprah’s gratitude journal. Keep a Post-It tab … Continue reading

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Reflection–Dynamism and Stasis

I’m caught by the notion of stasis implicit in the dynamics of reflection. When we think visually of a reflection, for example, mountains and trees reflected in a pool of water, the dynamism occurs in the act of reflection–the bending … Continue reading

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Journaling–Sustainable Writing Practice

“Curving back upon My own Nature, I create again and again . . . “ Bhagavad-Gita 9.8 Journaling is a sustainable writing practice that has multiple benefits not only for the aspiring writer but also for the professional writer. Sustainability, a concept, normally … Continue reading

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Journaling across the Disciplines

Fresh from teaching this past month, I am reminded once again that daily journaling is central to loosening and energizing the creative flow in students. Every class I teach, whether literature or writing, begins with journal writing. This writing is … Continue reading

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