Dr. John Evans Talks with Dr. J

John is a writing clinician, integrative health coach and one of the foremost scholars in the writing and wellness movement. He is the founder and executive director of Wellness and Writing Connections and the author and editor of several books, the most recent being Expressive Writing: Words That Heal,which he wrote with Dr. James Pennebaker.

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Walker Evans's Roadside stand near Birmingham, Alabama, 1936
Walker Evans

Walker Evans returned to New York City from Paris in May, 1927, hoping to put his newly-acquired savoir faire to use by embarking on a career in which he could grapple with the social and intellectual issues of the day. Despite his growing interest in photography, he still planned to become a writer, …

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Dr. Evans Talks with Dr. J (Part 2)

Dr. J:  I’ve found it’s often hard for people to suspend their critical judgment and just write whatever comes to mind when they first try expressive writing. Do you have any suggestions to help people with that?

John:  That’s an interesting question. There’s one thing I’ve found helpful for people who have a hard time silencing their inner critic. I advise them to compose at their keyboard and turn off — or darken — their screens.

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Dr. Evans Talks with Dr. J (Part 3)

Dr. J:  In your Writing and Wellness Connections blog, you discuss what you call “the three-day rule” for beginners. Could you say a few words about that?

John:  Yes. I’m glad you asked that. I think that if you find yourself writing about the same thing, using pretty much the same words and the same tone, that you should give it up and start writing about another topic. Because it becomes just rumination…

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