Prompt/Cope 1/27/18: “Body Scan”

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

Prompt/Cope 4/19/18: “Fitting In”

You’re a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. You’re the black sheep. Even within a creative community it can be hard to find a niche. Write something about an experience where you were an outsider or outcast. Are you dreaming that you are literally a square peg trying to squeeze in? Are you a character from a movie that somehow got misplaced in a different movie? Are you Dorothy who is lost in a Star Wars movie? #buddykeepwriting

Issue #2 is online! Submissions for #3 start June 1st. We are looking for talented people to join the Buddy team. Follow us for more info.

(David Welper)

Stress-related hormone cortisol lowers significantly after just 45 minutes of art creation

Whether you’re Van Gogh or a stick-figure sketcher, a new Drexel University study found that making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones in …
— Read on www.psypost.org/2016/06/skill-level-making-art-reduces-stress-hormone-cortisol-43362

Prompt/Cope 3.3.18: Community and AWP

As AWP gets underway next week, we’ll meet new authors and maybe even a new friend. Think about your local writing community, how we can support each other’s emotional needs as writers (ain’t an easy life being a writer). Find a community writer’s center or a mental health center and get involved! Volunteering is great too (if you have some extra time).

#AWP18

#buddykeepwriting

#independentbookstore

#stigmafree

Prompt/Cope 2/10/18: “Cheers!”

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.

(David Welper)

…keep writing…