Change of Perspective

Musings on Writing, Reading, and Life Narratives

Fiction writers and literary critics speak of point of view. Social scientists are more likely to discuss perspective. But both of these terms refer to essentially the same construct: the consciousness behind the perception and narration of experience. Each individual’s point of view is unique, and point of view shapes the stories people tell to themselves and to others about themselves and their relationships with their environment. The same event narrated from two different perspectives will produce two different stories.

A change of perspective can expand our perception and reframe our thinking about our experiences. We can all benefit from an occasional change of perspective.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Journal Writing

I promised you an entry about journal writing, and here it is. For now, I'm once again collecting here a couple of entries from other blogs about how and why to keep a journal.

Writing Your Life

Heather Goldsmith's blog is all about journal writing. In this particular entry she addresses issues such as these:
  1. Do you plan to have your journals read by other people and/or after you die? If so, Heather advises that you choose proper materials and include meaningful facts and explanations in your entries.
  2. Do you plan to reread your journal entries for guidance in the future? If so, be sure to include details about people, places, and dates so that you'll remember what you were writing about when you reread.

Five Ways Keeping a Journal Can Change Your Life

Over on The Change Blog Ali Hale discusses how writing in a journal for just 10 minutes a day can change your life:
  1. Your journal offers self-insight.
  2. Your journal builds the writing habit.
  3. Your journal is a gift to your future self.
  4. Your journal holds you accountable.
  5. Your journal encourages positive thinking.
But don't just settle for the list. Be sure to visit this blog entry, which includes both explanations and writing exercises for each point.



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