Proprioceptive writing is a writing technique that grew out of the freewriting technique but which is slightly more directed than freewriting. When practiced daily, say proponents, it can help unlock memories, release subconscious thoughts and emotions (past and present), focus awareness, and enhance one’s powers of observation, analysis, expression and creativity; in short, it is an excellent tool for writers.
The following documents are excerpts from the proprioceptive writing handbook, Writing the Mind Alive — The Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice, by Linda Trichter Metcalf, Ph.D and Tobin Simon, Ph.D.:
- Proprioceptive Writing — the technique
- Misc sections including details about the practice, footnotes (which are interesting!), suggestions for music (which is part of the technique), and suggestions for further reading.
Note that these are just excepts, so some sections start & stop abruptly. My apologies if this is jarring. The complete book is available to order from their website or to borrow from the Boston Public Library (or your local library).
Also, for now, this is a class project so I don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, but in future I need to look into how much — if anything — I’m allowed to post here.
Misc., Random Writing Prompts
[To be fleshed out further in the future, but these prompt give an idea of what I have in mind for this section:]
- “The last time I saw him/her…”
- “A time I had the rug pulled out from under me…”
- “Going It Alone”
- “A Moment of Forgiveness”
- Your first thoughts this morning