Category Archives: Journalling

Journalling Through a Time of Corona 10

This the tenth of a series I started as a way of offering some support for those either starting or wanting to carry on journalling through this unique and unanticipated episode in our lives. But with the sense of things moving on around us, this will be the last piece for now. This week I […]

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Journalling Through a Time of Corona 9

Last week we looked at reviewing our journal-writing. This week, I want to be a bit more forward-facing and think about opening up possibilities in our lives by using questions in our journals – the ones we pose and the ones that prompt us. Questions can help us explore what we think, how we feel, […]

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Journalling Through a Time of Corona 8

Throughout lockdown, the Government has conducted 3-weekly reviews of our national situation regarding coronavirus, to note any changing trends and make adjustments where appropriate. This periodic stopping to take stock is a practice that can also help make our words work for us. It’s tempting as we finish a piece of journalling to put our […]

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Journalling Through a Time of Corona 7

This is the seventh week of journalling prompts I’ve offered since lockdown started in what feels like way back when…After around 6 weeks, any novelty of the experience has worn off, and we may feel we’re facing the weariness of same old, same old. One of writing’s great qualities – alongside its capacity to help […]

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Journalling Through a Time of Corona 6

Last week I asked my journalling group what they wanted to write about in our upcoming online session. The response was unanimous: ‘Not Coronavirus!’ I found something similar when I ran creative writing sessions for cancer patients. ‘We don’t want to write about our cancer directly,’ said one. ‘It comes into the writing anyway, and […]

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Journalling Through a Time of Corona 5

As we continue in the lockdown and its dramatic interruption of what was once normal (remember when you could just pop out for a coffee with friends, mooch round the shops or go to the cinema?) we may notice some shifts in perspective around our once familiar life.  When things are take away that we […]

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Journalling Through a Time of Corona 4

  I wonder how you’re getting on in lockdown. Are your days carefully structured or more free-flowing? Hopefully, you’re finding a healthy balance. This interplay between structure and freedom is a feature of the writing process. So far my writing prompts have focussed on more structured exercises. Today I want to offer some suggestions around […]

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Journalling Through a Time of Corona 3

  One great thing about writing is that even if we are physically stuck in one place, our writing is not in lockdown. Although in recent days, the Foreign Office has warned against holidaying abroad, we can still travel with our pens. This week’s journalling suggestions focus on writing about place.  Before we set off, […]

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Journalling Through a Time of Corona 2

Life has certainly changed over the last week: Many of us are getting used to the space of self-isolation as those looking after our health and welfare grapple with the pressures of frontline working.  Wherever we are in this new territory, the advice of those ahead of us on the journey is to take things […]

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Journalling through a Time of Corona 1

‘I’ve started journalling again,’ says my husband, as we talk about the world events causing our world to turn on a sixpence. As someone who prefers the immediacy of the spoken word, he has been an intermittent journaller. But times are changing. Many of us are facing increased time alone, self-isolating to stay out of […]

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  • About Julia

    Julia

    From writing stories for my younger brother, to penning poems for the School Magazine and filling a growing pile of personal journals, the written word has always been part of my life’s journey.

    I started out as an English Teacher and subsequently retrained as a Counsellor. I have counselled in a GP Surgery and worked with various Employee Assistance Schemes and Charitable Trusts alongside seeing private clients.

    Although I have done some freelance journalism and written four non-fiction books, creative writing has become my main focus in recent years.

    My poems have appeared online on sites including Amaryllis, Silver Birch Press, Clear Poetry, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, Riggwelter and Ink,Sweat and Tears. I have been published in Curlew and Bucks Mill Magazine, and anthologised in Our Hearts Still Sing. My first poetry collection, Chester City Walls, came out in 2015.

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