Body scanning is a simple meditation practice. Find a quiet place to sit alone, close your eyes, focus on breathing, then focus on a part of your body going from head to toe or toe to head. Nothing exists but that body part…be it your feet, or your elbows, or your hair. As a creative exercise, you could picture what is flowing through your body…is there a butterfly floating through your body? Relax, be creative, have fun and keep writing! @BuddyLitZine #amwriting #mentalhealth
Cheers to all the poets who are socially awkward, are shy, who feel not as popular as others, who hold off making too many plans until the last minute when they know they’re in the right mood to socialize, who deal with depression and anxiety or bipolar or psychotic symptoms but still have the GUTS to keep trying & keep writing & keep hope.
Here’s to those who understand that a lot of us have to work a lot at our day jobs to pay bills and sometimes even when we’re not working and not depressed we just need to stay home instead of going to this & that event cuz we’re exhausted and need a relaxing peaceful night at home.
Here’s to those who are underdogs/different/unique/weird/challenging/loners….poets who want to do it all THEIR way.
Where are you going and why? What are you leaving behind? Being a writer is a solitary life. When you’re a writer driving across the country surely it’s even more solitary and, as a writer, your thoughts are wandering all the time. So, write about this wandering. The places you see and different cultures. Imagine yourself living in a city if you’re from a small town or vice versa. What do you pay attention to when you’re driving through open fields of the country? Think of how nature and technology grab your attention but in different ways (appreciating the quiet of mountains versus constantly checking your social media). What is the cost of a pack of cigarettes in each state? What is the speed limit? Scanning through radio stations until you get one in tune. Roadkill. Hitch-hikers. Cows, horses, and the odor of their shit (and how you think about all the shit you deal with in life and want to just have a simpler life). Do you get pulled over by State Police? If so, what is your interaction with the officer? Have fun! Wander! The road is wide open! and…keep writing… (by David Welper)
Write something based on Time. Ideas: A past experience and how you deal/dealt with it. A piece that focuses on use of past/present/future tense (not necessarily in that order). The time you spend waiting for something. Experiment! Have fun with it! Keep writing…
Buddy‘s first issue is finally online…and the reading period for issue two is open! Did you know Buddy is named after Buddy Bolden (1877-1931), a cornetist in New Orleans? He is considered by some to be the “father” of Jazz (then called “jass”). He was committed to an insane asylum where he spent the rest of his life…but his legend lived on. Write a piece that is about a musician (or painter or writer) who is known for having mental health issues. Buddy will start accepting visual art, so you may want to also produce a visual piece. keep writing… (by David Welper) (cover image for issue #1 by Rob Gray)
Describe what you see/smell/hear when you’re in your therapist’s office. What does this tell you about him/her? Do you own similar things? Or, maybe you see something that isn’t actually there (an hallucination). In the text of your writing, switch between the conversation with the therapist and your observations of the room. keep writing… (by David Welper) (Image: “Group Hug” by Robert Duncan Gray)
Here's a list of writing ideas for the holidays...
...how do you write about a painful past?
You’re stuck in an office all day! Perhaps literally. Your chair has come alive, has begun massaging you, won’t let go ’til your work is done. You desperately want to get home, but there’s so much work to do. Finally, your work is done but you don’t want to leave…the chair’s massage is the best massage you’ve ever had. The place you wanted to leave is now the place you don’t want to leave.
Write something that deals with daydreaming at work…what is your job? is your boss a jerk? are your co-workers irritating? is it a busy day? a slow day? what are you daydreaming about? are you anxious? is your mind somewhere else? if so, where? Have fun and, as always, keep writing…. (by David Welper)
(Go to Prompt/Cope (a Buddy blog) for more writing ideas!)
Write something about family dynamics (a whole slew of things to write about for this). (by David Welper). #buddykeepwriting