Hey guys, I am giving away my book Freedom Writingfor free for the next four days.
Monday June 15-Wednesday June 18.
Feel free to download it from Amazon. 🙂 These two books talk about the amazing power of writing therapy that is available to everyone even if you use single words to release your emotion. I wrote these books to help people find the freedom I have found in writing down my emotions and releasing unwanted memories or trauma or simple everyday emotions.
Now, they are free for a few days, so take advantage of it and download them. Try it and you will see the power of writing therapy!
Go well today and always, stay well. Kind regards, Suz
Hey guys, I just wanted to share this about finding my brother’s journals yesterday while I was moving house. So, my brother died 10 years ago. He was an alcoholic but also a loving, funny, sensitive, creative man. He was my closest brother, I spent all of my childhood with him. I loved him more than anything and I tried to help him be free from his addictions, for years and years. I learnt that you can’t help anyone from these things they have to want it themselves. You can’t help people to save themselves, they need a higher power and their own will.
But yesterday, I found these journals and I read these painful, painful writings he had done over the years. It was very difficult to read them as they expressed his deepest thoughts. I stopped reading them after a bit as it seemed wrong.
But I realised that my brother had discovered writing therapy and I am so grateful that he had that, that he could express his inner most thoughts and feelings and he didn’t hold back.
So many men need to do this. It is completely safe and it can help men to get rid of negative emotions.
I am so sick of people saying men are not emotional or as prone to feeling things like women. It is simply not true. This is possibly why men die by suicide three times more than women, they are told that men keep their emotion in and men don’t feel things. That is crap. So, the men (which is all men) who have normal emotions and feelings of isolation, loneliness, or depression they think they are not normal. They are.
One of my students, Josh Bontje died by suicide some years back. He was such a lovely person, and I could tell kind and sensitive. This has to stop. We have to encourage men and boys and teenager boys to open up and also I am hear to say, guys use writing therapy as well! My brother did and it got him through many years of feeling quite desperate. He could have chosen a better path but that is his story, and his life separate to this, but please, please, please use writing therapy, write down your deepest feelings, and what is happening. You can get rid of it. But if you write it down we know that it will be released from your unconscious.
I am sending a lot of love out to the young and older men who suffer from depression and anxiety, my brother did. And you know what, not even having a chronic condition but just the normal feelings of sadness and worry as well. My brother did not always express his feelings, sometimes he did with me but not all the time. I know he did with other people sometimes as well. But he used writing therapy and it is a wonderful, free tool you can use to be free from negative emotions whatever they are. 🙂
My book Freedom Writing talks about this, so if you are interested it is available on amazon and many other outlets.
But have a look on here as well, I have information about writing therapy.
Go well, stay well and remember we all have feelings and there’s nothing wrong with emotion! Kind regards, Suz
Hi guys, I just wanted to note this, as this hasn’t happened before for Freedom Writing. But it is Number 1 in three categories on Amazon Australia. If you are interested in this book, it is about the power of writing therapy and how to free yourself from unwanted emotions and stress. Have a great day! Kind regards, Suz
Hey guys, I am stoked (a very Australian word :)) to see that Freedom Writing and Freedom Writing Journal is Number 2 in the USA, Number 22 and 23 in Canada and Number 35 in the UK on the Best Seller Lists.
Thanks so much for readers who are buying my books. It is available in print and e-book on Amazon and other online retailers in your country. I will be releasing more work this year, but the next book is fiction. I am very excited about it. 🙂
Write it down, and even if it is not grammatically correct or even artistic, express your feelings on paper and they will be released from your body, mind and spirit. This is the central tenet of writing therapy. 😀 Thanks Anne for being such a brave and beautiful person, and expressing what you experienced in hiding so that others could know about it. Anne wrote in her diary this was her writing therapy, then she produced a book that was rewritten by her older self to be read by others. The diary represents the more raw and honest writing, that is pure writing therapy. This is a quote from her diary about writing things down.
“The nicest part is being able to write down all my thoughts and feelings; otherwise, I’d absolutely suffocate. (Anne Frank, 16 March 1944.)”
I just wanted to share a few pics from the workshop I did on the weekend. What an amazing time with some brave, strong, beautiful women! It was my privilege to hear their stories and share with them writing therapy, that they can use to get through various things that have happened to them in their lives. I have been through quite a bit of what they went through and it was a beautiful time of honesty and sharing between women who were supporting each other.
It was a lovely time, and such a beautiful place. As usual the poetry exercise at the end was amazing with people sharing some poignant and life affirming imagery in their poems. So wonderful. Thank you to the ladies who were there, I love you all. 🙂 Stay strong, safe and loving. Kind regards, Suz
Monica, a Social Worker, recently attended my Expressive Writing Therapy Workshop and this was her written response.
“I attended the workshop as a personal and professional development opportunity. I already knew of and experienced the therapeutic benefit of writing, however I wanted to learn more about how this works- particularly the benefit of writing as a way of working through previous trauma.
The workshop was excellent. As I had attended a previous workshop with Suzanne, I knew of the quality of workshop she facilitates and this workshop did not disappoint.
I got the most out of the part where we were encouraged to write about something negative or traumatic. I found that the exercise was confronting, yet liberating. I could feel the tension in my body as I wrote the words on paper but as the story unfolded on the page and came to an end, that tension dissipated and I felt at ease. This was a very powerful experience.
Probably the most challenging part of the workshop, for me, was the task of writing a poem. Because I am so used to writing in far less creative ways, I found myself struggling to even contemplate what to write. I went ahead and did it anyway and actually surprised myself about how lovely it was to use words in this way.
Time seems to go by very quickly when you are immersed in these types of exercises. I would love it to have gone for a few hours longer. I did feel a release of tension having tackled one of my current issues in one of the exercises. Overall, I left the workshop feeling inspired to continue using these exercises frequently to help process and manage my challenges.
The writing I did in the ‘life story’ exercise gave me the opportunity to step out of my current life circumstances and instead almost take a bird’s eye view of my life so far. That did bring up areas that I had not thought about for ages and it allowed me to put into perspective some of the things that are happening now. That experience allowed me to recognise that I have gotten through many difficult situations in my life and anything I am experiencing currently will be resolved and overcome- just like past challenges have been.
I felt very positive after the workshop. It is a powerful way of releasing built up stress. It was also lovely to share the experience with the other participants.”
If you’re interested in my writing therapy exercises, my book Freedom Writing goes into detail about this;