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April 2015, Volume 11, Issue 4, ISSN 1939-8719

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On a personal note...Spring is definitely in the air here. The scents of jasmine and blossoming trees make me smile. Time to go for a walk!

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As you know, each month I offer coaching tips, ideas and inspiration to support you in your writing, creativity and personal growth. Please send your comments and questions and I'll write back personally or respond in a future edition of A-Muse Letter.



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Susan Recommends...

For therapists who want to integrate journaling into client work or anyone interested in using journaling as a tool for personal growth and transformation, this pragmatic step-by-step guide will provide an invaluable resource.

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Read what experts in the field are saying about
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"Writing is a powerful method to help people get through difficult times. This is the first book that focuses on ways therapists can help their clients harness this powerful method. Check out Susan Borkin's book, The Healing Power of Writing."

-James W. Pennebaker, PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin; author of The Secret Life of Pronouns and Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions

"An excellent tool for therapists and their clients. Susan Borkin explains precisely how journaling can aid the therapeutic process and offers up practical exercises for addressing a wide variety of problems. Highly recommended."

-Eric Maisel, PhD, author of Secrets of a Creativity Coach and Why Smart People Hurt

"Psychotherapist Susan Borkin reveals how writing-simple, honest, moving, and direct, while also private and unedited-may be one of our best medicines, allowing us to meet self and other in deeper ways, resolve conflicts, ease stress and depression, and much more. From a solid research base to practical hints, stories, and examples, this book will change the lives of both clients and therapists."

-Ruth Richards, MD, PhD, Saybrook University, San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School; editor of Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature

"Borkin masterfully presents us with the gift of her accumulated clinical discoveries about writing for psychological well-being. She takes us on a kaleidoscopic tour of the practicalities and possibilities of writing to deeply enrich, understand, and change our lives. Although written primarily for clinicians, both therapists and non-therapists alike will discover a feast of original and useful expressive writing ideas."

-Ruth Folit, designer/producer of LifeJournal software and founder/director of the International Association for Journal Writing

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This award-winning journal software is now online. Great for journal writers on the go with your Mac, PC you can access your journal on the Internet. LifeJournal has the highest encryption security and is password protected to keep your journal totally private. LifeJournal Online has interactive tools to expand your journaling in ways that you'll love.

I have personally used LifeJournal Online and absolutely love it! It is easy to use and keeps journal entries organized and accessible. You can even test drive it for free. Check it out here.

On occasion I will recommend products and services from colleagues for which I receive a small affiliate stipend. Rest assured, I will never suggest anything I do not completely believe will be of benefit to you.

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  • Have a question about writing or creativity? E-mail your question to Susan. She may use your questions in future issues of "WRITE NOW! A-Muse Letter by Susan Borkin."

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WRITING IN CRUISE CONTROL

While driving on the freeway the other day, I decided to turn on the cruise control in my car. There are lots of good reasons to use cruise control---you're likely to drive closer to the speed limit, you can relax a little bit at the wheel and give yourself a break from steady pressure on the accelerator.
But what are the disadvantages to driving in cruise control? Possibly letting your attention stray for a moment? Becoming too relaxed, or maybe even becoming a little lazy?

Now consider your writing and creative life lately. Has it gone into cruise control? Are you not feeling as excited as you used to about your projects and creative work? Have you lost focus, vision or purpose

If your writing has gone into cruise control mode, there are several things you can do. Check out the ideas below:

TALK WITH YOUR WRITING
Set up a dialogue on paper with your writing or a creative project and ask it about what it needs and where it wants to go...

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ABOUT SUSAN BORKIN

Susan Borkin, M.A. is a licensed psychotherapist, coach and writer. She is the founder of Write Now! a professional practice specializing in the use of writing for personal and professional growth. Susan specializes in helping people overcome creative blocks and achieve deep personal transformation through the use of writing. A journaling consultant and trainer since 1978, she is the author of When Writing From the Inside Out, When Your Heart Speaks, Take Good Notes, and The Healing Power of Writing (W. W. Norton).

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