The new blog's tag line is "Tapping into the health benefits and power of expressive writing." Be sure to visit WRITING FOR THE HEALTH OF IT, a fine new entry into the blogosphere, created by my colleague Sharon Lippincott.
From Sharon's blog The Heart and Craft of Life Writing:
The new blog represents my growing understanding of the power of the life writing process. Perhaps like most of you, I began writing my lifestory primarily to document my experiences and insights for my family. I wanted to leave a written legacy of my life. I read books that mentioned personal
insight and a sense of satisfaction as frequent outcomes of writing memoir. That sounded good and made sense, but it was not a primary goal for me, and though I paid the concept lip service, I really didn’t “get it.”
For eight or nine years I cranked out one vignette and essay after another, rather like a quilter practicing various designs on single squares. Someday, I told myself, I’ll sort through these squares and arrange them into a quilt — probably several quilts... But not just yet.
Eventually writing single pieces did become less satisfying. ...