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)
It’s that time of year again. Some love it, some loathe it. But it leaves us with a ton of stuff to write about. For some, it brings loneliness. For some, stress. For some, joy. Here’s a list of writing ideas to think about: childhood memories, dealing with a mentally ill family member during the holidays, holiday meals gone awry, traveling to be with family, family you don’t want to see or family you can’t be with for some reason (perhaps a loved one is hospitalized for psych and/or physical health issues), holiday movies, different religions, traditions (and breaking them), create a chaotic adventure you go on while shopping for a gift at a mall, growing up poor during the holidays, commercialism of the holidays…. Good luck (hope this is therapeutic and/or enjoyable for you). keep writing (by David Welper)
How do you write about nostalgia without being nostalgic? How does one write about past suicide attempts without “re-living” it? For that matter, how does one write about anything painful from the past? Is it still painful and you write about it to try to “deal” with it? Or do you write about it to re-assess yourself? to look at how you’ve overcome? How would you structure the narrative and language in such a writing exercise to relate the tension between past/present? (by David Welper)
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Write something about family dynamics (a whole slew of things to write about for this). (by David Welper). #buddykeepwriting
When was the last time you talked to somebody instead of bouncing text messages back and forth? Write something that is a conversation (phone or in-person) with someone close to you. Call your mom or dad and talk about your childhood (and/or theirs). Have fun and as always…keep writing! @buddylitzine #buddykeepwriting #mentalhealth #writing
(by David Welper)
You are awesome at doing something! But what if you take it to the next level? Imagine yourself fantasizing an ability you have.
Examples: A mechanic writes a poem about fixing the Batmobile…or…A gardener tends to his/her bean stalks from the tale Jack & the Bean Stalk.
What’s your super-ability? Have fun and as always….keep writing! (prompt by David Welper) @buddylitzine
Here’s a simple prompt/cope: Write a piece about a coping skill. You may want to think about what triggers a symptom, the symptom itself, then the coping skill you use. Have fun, experiment with structure and language. (prompt by David Welper) @buddylitzine
Here’s an article for you to check out as well.
Often, finding the right medication or therapist is a process of trial and error. Write something in which the content itself is a trial and error (i.e. starting then restarting a poem), or a character in a story is constantly restarting something (not necessarily a med, but anything). Isn’t the writing process sometimes a trial and error!? Have fun and keep writing…. (prompt by David Welper) @BuddyLitZine