Kara's Column > Reaction Writing
That's it. It's basic really. Do something. Write in reaction to it. I know, I know. It isn't always that easy!!
This is just a series of ideas for things you might do or see or hear specifically so you can write in reaction to those things. If you are a bereaved parent, you might try these things, then write not only in reaction to the stimulus, but also write your reaction as it pertains to your own grief and healing journey. The results can be mundane or extraordinary. But the process is always helpful!!
You can use any of these ideas to just write. Just get the pen moving. Or you can use them to specifically explore how your grief is expressed or affected by one of these exercises. Or you can talk about how you relate to the experiences as a woman, a man, a red head, a short person, a tall person. Or write about how your inner child reacts vs. how your adult self reacts. You can use them in any way you wish. These are open ended ideas to just get you writing and exploring yourself!!!
Kara L.C. Jones is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where she honed her poetic craft under the mentorship of Jim Daniels. Her poetic and non-fiction works have been included in publications such as New Works Review, PoetsWest, Real Henna, Shared Heart Foundation's "Meant To Be", LightHearts Publication's "Soul Trek", MISSing Angels Newsletter, American Tanka, Mother Tongue Ink's We'Moon, Honored Babies, Cup of Comfort series, and more. Because she refused to give her grief writing over to the control of outside editors and publishers after the death of her son, she and her husband Hawk founded KotaPress in 1999 as a creative outlet for their expressive artworks. She has been facilitating online and in-person workshops for over 10 year, including sessions offered at the International MISS Conferences, WA State Poets Association Burning Word festivals, and Course Bridge.