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Talk to the Dead – Workbook

How to get your journaling off the ground.  You want to journal, you’ve heard a lot about it,  but how to start and how to keep going?   From my class on transformative journaling, here are a few ideas and exercises to get you started and to keep you going.

 Talk to the Dead

You can’t change your family members, only your own responses to them.  And when they are alive, you can practice your new skills.

What if they are no longer with you?

As we said in the lecture, talking to the dead can help alleviate all kinds of attendant stresses often triggered by death or illness.  

Journal out dialogues, conversations and what you always meant to say to the deceased.  No, it won’t do THEM any good, but it will help you. 

What I always wanted to tell you

What I always meant to say

What I always wanted to hear from you

What I plan to do now

What I wish I could have done before

Record everything.  Sometimes what you write is so disturbing you may need to work it out with a professional.  Do.  But setting up your feelings and ideas ahead of time will help.

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Catharine Bramkamp is a successful writing coach and author. She has published over 300 newspaper and magazine articles in publications like Modern Maturity (AARP), SF Chronicle and Santa Rosa Magazine. She was a contributor to two Chicken Soup Books and has published anthologies of her work, non-fiction works and novels. Her work has also appeared in a number of poetry and fiction anthologies. She has experimented with the self-publishing world since 2001. She has published and self-published seven books through companies like Author House, author assist companies like 3L Publishing and through traditional publishers like Write Life. Her poetry collection, Ammonia Sunrise, will be released in August 2011 by Finishing Line Press and her mystery novel, In Good Faith will be released by Write Life in 2011. Catharine holds a BA in English from UCSB and a MA in English from Sonoma State University. She is a 25 year member of California Writer’s Club. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix. She works with authors of both fiction and non-fiction to make their dream of producing a book come true. For more information on that, visit her at Catharine has lived in Sonoma County for 25 years and considers wine a food group. She is married to an adorable and very patient man who complains he’s never featured in any of her books. Her grown children who are featured in a few of her books have fled the county.

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