Why We Write: Julia Cameron

This is one of my favorite quotes that hi-lights the effects a few minutes in the notebook has on our relationships and our ability to be present with others:

“On a day when I write, I can have a conversation with you and be totally yours. It brings me present in my friendships. Emptying gives us the capacity to love in a deeper way.” 

~Julia Cameron

We don’t often hear this connection made about writing and relationships, but I think it’s true, don’t you? Think about when you’ve taken the time to check in with yourself with pen and paper to listen to your pain, joy, wonderings, worry, heartbreak, or excitement as a good friend or therapist might. Not only do you have more space to listen to others share what’s on their mind and in their heart, but a quieter need to be listened to in exactly the same way.

Not that we don’t need to be witnessed by others as well, but the notebook is a STELLAR witness and mirror.

In this time of pain and overwhelm, heart-break and anger, the gift of presence and deep listening, for ourselves and others, is gold.

With love,






Want to write?
Take a pen & prompt journey:


writing prompt

"have a conversation with you and be totally yours"


1. Grab a pen & notebook. Write the prompt at the top of the page. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Or 5. Or 2!

2. Keep your pen moving as you write the thoughts, feelings, and images that arise. Don’t stop to think or edit.

3. Accept ALL that you write - the pretty + ugly; absurd + boring. Discover what wants to be felt, known, expressed, released...

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