Writing Practice

This exercise is similar to the Writing Practice exercise on page 17, Chapter 3 (Write Your Story).

1. Think back to a time in your life when you experienced a profound loss. Describe the details of the situation without naming the emotions. If you don't remember names or other details, make them up.

2. Let the story sit for a day or two.

3. Without rereading what you have already written, describe the situation again. This time, name your emotions and use as much sensual, emotive language as you like. Let this version season a while, too.

4. Finally, reread both pieces and underline powerful lines in both. Rewrite the two as one narrative.

5. As you revise, ask yourself what you learned from this experience? What is the larger lesson that you carry with you as a result?

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