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Discover the power of (finally) getting unstuck, claiming your clarity, and becoming the person whose life you want to live--all through a simple self-care practice you can build into your daily routine.  For anyone who's trying to make sense of their life, who wants to get unstuck from the patterns that hold them back, hear this incredible news: everything you need for the Discover the power of (finally) getting unstuck, claiming your clarity, and becoming the person whose life you want to live--all through a simple self-care practice you can build into your daily routine.  For anyone who's trying to make sense of their life, who wants to get unstuck from the patterns that hold them back, hear this incredible news: everything you need for the freedom you want is entirely within reach. This practice and pathway is free, it's readily available every day of your life, it takes just minutes of your time, and anyone can do it.  Author, writing coach, and speaker Allison Fallon's life transformed when she discovered the power of a daily writing practice. As it turns out, using your words is one of the most powerful means you have for unlocking your life. The Power of Writing It Down is your guide to this transformative tool available to us all. In as little as five to twenty minutes a day, scientific research shows this daily practice can help you:  Identify your ruts and create new neurological grooves toward better habits Find fresh motivation and take ownership of your life Heal from past pain and trauma Relieve anxiety and depression Contextualize life's setbacks and minor frustrations Live a more confident, balanced, and healthy life …and so much more  Drawing from years of coaching hundreds through the writing process--from first-timers to New York Times bestselling authors--Allison shares tried and tested practices for getting started, staying inspired, and using this simple habit to shift how you feel and show up to your life. Pen and paper is simply the method, but the reward is the real magic: new depths of self-discovery, creativity, and intentionality for living.


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Discover the power of (finally) getting unstuck, claiming your clarity, and becoming the person whose life you want to live--all through a simple self-care practice you can build into your daily routine.  For anyone who's trying to make sense of their life, who wants to get unstuck from the patterns that hold them back, hear this incredible news: everything you need for the Discover the power of (finally) getting unstuck, claiming your clarity, and becoming the person whose life you want to live--all through a simple self-care practice you can build into your daily routine.  For anyone who's trying to make sense of their life, who wants to get unstuck from the patterns that hold them back, hear this incredible news: everything you need for the freedom you want is entirely within reach. This practice and pathway is free, it's readily available every day of your life, it takes just minutes of your time, and anyone can do it.  Author, writing coach, and speaker Allison Fallon's life transformed when she discovered the power of a daily writing practice. As it turns out, using your words is one of the most powerful means you have for unlocking your life. The Power of Writing It Down is your guide to this transformative tool available to us all. In as little as five to twenty minutes a day, scientific research shows this daily practice can help you:  Identify your ruts and create new neurological grooves toward better habits Find fresh motivation and take ownership of your life Heal from past pain and trauma Relieve anxiety and depression Contextualize life's setbacks and minor frustrations Live a more confident, balanced, and healthy life …and so much more  Drawing from years of coaching hundreds through the writing process--from first-timers to New York Times bestselling authors--Allison shares tried and tested practices for getting started, staying inspired, and using this simple habit to shift how you feel and show up to your life. Pen and paper is simply the method, but the reward is the real magic: new depths of self-discovery, creativity, and intentionality for living.

30 review for The Power of Writing It Down: A Simple Habit to Unlock Your Brain and Reimagine Your Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne Bogel

    I was honored to provide an endorsement for Ally. This is what I said: Good things come to those who write. I'm thrilled that this book will help so many people benefit from the power of putting words on the page, learning through Allison Fallon's firm but friendly instruction both why and how to develop their own writing practice—because words can change everything. If you're looking for inspiration or for how-tos, you'll find both here. I was honored to provide an endorsement for Ally. This is what I said: Good things come to those who write. I'm thrilled that this book will help so many people benefit from the power of putting words on the page, learning through Allison Fallon's firm but friendly instruction both why and how to develop their own writing practice—because words can change everything. If you're looking for inspiration or for how-tos, you'll find both here.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I am so grateful this book landed in my lap when it did. It was honestly just what I was looking for (and as a full-time teacher and mom of two under 3, I’m really choosy about what I invest my time in). As someone who has daily arguments with myself about how I should be writing more, this book did so much more for me than just remind me why I should write. The author actually taught me several tools to help me get out of my own head and onto the paper. She shows exactly what to do when you’re I am so grateful this book landed in my lap when it did. It was honestly just what I was looking for (and as a full-time teacher and mom of two under 3, I’m really choosy about what I invest my time in). As someone who has daily arguments with myself about how I should be writing more, this book did so much more for me than just remind me why I should write. The author actually taught me several tools to help me get out of my own head and onto the paper. She shows exactly what to do when you’re stuck (in writing OR life) and what to try when you don’t even know where to begin (“the drama of the blank page,” chapter 4). I was particularly drawn to Chapter 3 on creating space, and Chapter 5 on why making sense of your life/writing starts with questions, not answers. For anyone wondering if their story is actually worth telling— chapter 6. I could go on; this book is full of genuine nuggets of writing (and life) wisdom. It’s not just for beginning writers (I would challenge the reviews that say “great for beginners!”)— it’s for all writers and every person in any stage in life. Even if you’re not interested in writing anything for anyone else to ever read, this book is still for you. The research on the benefits of a regular writing practice, also discussed throughout this book, are fascinating and worth the time to learn. The effects, I’ve found personally, are powerful and profound. Since I completely devoured it in digital form, I am really eager to get my hands on the physical copy this week to make notes and (with my aforementioned limited time) go through it a second time. It’s a book I will continue to refer back to for a long time to come. The book is equal parts inspiring and practical, like a manual or a guide but written in your best friend’s narrative voice. An easy/quick read (maybe because I felt like every single chapter was written for me?), though it deserves to be taken and digested more slowly than I did. I couldn’t put it down. I don’t call many books life-changing, but I think this one makes my list for two reasons. 1) I resonated intently with the content and know I can actually continue to use it to change my own life, and 2) It’s exactly what I needed during this season of my life as a new mom in an uncertain world, trying desperately to just figure things out moving forward. This book is full of words and ideas that make total sense to me and connects deeply with what I know to be true. I’ve been waiting for this book. Maybe you have been, too.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Steph R.

    Honestly, I’ve read a lot of books written by people whose goal is to motivate me to write more, better, faster, etc. This book is different. It inspires us to dig deep within ourselves and simply practice writing, and in turn to be transformed by it. It can help us heal, it can show us perspective, and it can help us change our lives. I can not recommend this book enough.

  4. 4 out of 5

    The Conch

    "Reading makes a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man" - Francis Bacon This book is interesting as it impels one to write only for 5 / 10/ 20 minutes a day. This book may serve as a great remedy for writer's block or several myths for not writing such as i can't write, i am not writer, who will read my writing, shame for grammatical mistakes etc. Writing is not only related with publishing a book, it has enormous psychological impact on a person. It is called "expressive wr "Reading makes a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man" - Francis Bacon This book is interesting as it impels one to write only for 5 / 10/ 20 minutes a day. This book may serve as a great remedy for writer's block or several myths for not writing such as i can't write, i am not writer, who will read my writing, shame for grammatical mistakes etc. Writing is not only related with publishing a book, it has enormous psychological impact on a person. It is called "expressive writing". Author develops a technique called "infinity prompt" through which a person can release pain, sorrow, frustration, ambition or even create future. This is backed by neurophysiology of 'limbic brain' and 'prefrontal cortex'. It is not a simple self-help book, but it is a tool which may lead one to good psychological state with added advantage of possibility to build future writer.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bobbi Salkeld

    In its practicality, this book may very well change my life.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Liffengren

    Words are powerful. Fallon's book about writing isn't necessarily about publishing, but more, it's about using writing to unlock, to articulate well, and to dig deep within ourselves to find our stories. Her book is an excellent resource on the power of words and the transformative nature of writing it down. Words are powerful. Fallon's book about writing isn't necessarily about publishing, but more, it's about using writing to unlock, to articulate well, and to dig deep within ourselves to find our stories. Her book is an excellent resource on the power of words and the transformative nature of writing it down.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Joy

    This book is fantastic for beginners who want to get into a writing practice! Allison Fallon offers some fresh ways of thinking about and approaching writing!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    When I first heard Allison Fallon talk about the immune-boosting benefits of writing, I was hooked. She promised more fascinating research in her book, and I was drawn to the data. To be sure, Fallon delivers many such insights in "The Power of Writing It Down," and they are well worth reading. That said, most of Fallon's information comes from other people's research, particularly James W. Pennebaker (who has his own books on the subject of expressive writing - I have not read them myself). I w When I first heard Allison Fallon talk about the immune-boosting benefits of writing, I was hooked. She promised more fascinating research in her book, and I was drawn to the data. To be sure, Fallon delivers many such insights in "The Power of Writing It Down," and they are well worth reading. That said, most of Fallon's information comes from other people's research, particularly James W. Pennebaker (who has his own books on the subject of expressive writing - I have not read them myself). I was disappointed when I realized she hadn't contributed scientifically to this body of work but still appreciated her laymen's application (and explanation) of the current research. Paired with her own experiences drawn from her workshops and clients, the book was a reasonably well-rounded call to expressive writing. While I enjoyed a lot of the things I learned, I couldn't help but feel bogged down by some of Fallon's over-explaining, speculating, and imagine-with-mes. There was also something that read a bit out-of-touch in her examples, probably due to the fact that she and her clients seem to inhabit a wealthier, more connected world than I'm accustomed to. It seemed that she tried to make up for it by that over-explaining I mentioned earlier, as well as one-too-many examples to conjure relatability. While none of this should disqualify her experience, expertise, or counsel, I had to catch myself from questioning if everything she said really applied to me too. Lastly, the tip-toeing around Christianity was another disappointment. She seemed to keep just enough in there to appease Zondervan's audiences, but leaving enough out so that secular readers don't pin her as the white, evangelical preachy type of Rachel Hollis fame. It felt a bit disingenuous or dumbed down (her alluding to the "creation myth" and calling the Bible the "Hebrew Scriptures" were particular offenders, as if non-Christians wouldn't know what the Bible is but are perfectly familiar with the Torah and Koran). All in all, I'd recommend this book to a tentative writer, someone in need of self-guided therapy, or someone looking for a confidence boost. To me, this book is less about priming someone for the writing life and more about encouraging someone teetering on the edge to take the plunge.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Holly Fisher

    This is a book about writing for everyone -- not just those who fancy themselves writers. It's for those who have never considered themselves writers or for those who have a secret longing to write but don't know where and how to start. This book is simply about the power of writing and words and how a daily writing practice can positively impact our lives. Whether you dream of writing a book or simply want to create a record of your life for your loved ones, this book will help you get started. This is a book about writing for everyone -- not just those who fancy themselves writers. It's for those who have never considered themselves writers or for those who have a secret longing to write but don't know where and how to start. This book is simply about the power of writing and words and how a daily writing practice can positively impact our lives. Whether you dream of writing a book or simply want to create a record of your life for your loved ones, this book will help you get started. It's filled with advice, practical tips and even some science about the power of writing. At the end of the day, it's about developing a practice of writing. Whether millions read your words or they stay locked in a journal, begin writing. Begin creating a legacy with your words. As author Allison Fallon writes in the final chapter, "Because for all the energy and effort and love and passion we put into this world, words are the most lasting thing we get to leave behind."

  10. 4 out of 5

    April

    The Power of Writing it Down is a book for everyone, because everyone is a writer. Expressive writing has powerful benefits to our lives and Allison Fallon does a wonderful job of merging the science with the practicalities of creating a writing practice. The chapter on writing with the infinity prompt should be required reading for all therapists and anyone in therapy. It shows how beautifully our brain can rewrite our feelings through telling ourselves (writing about) a different story. Alliso The Power of Writing it Down is a book for everyone, because everyone is a writer. Expressive writing has powerful benefits to our lives and Allison Fallon does a wonderful job of merging the science with the practicalities of creating a writing practice. The chapter on writing with the infinity prompt should be required reading for all therapists and anyone in therapy. It shows how beautifully our brain can rewrite our feelings through telling ourselves (writing about) a different story. Allison ends the book with a very appropriate discussion of writing as a legacy. Her closing pages of the book discusses the idea that we are unsure our words matter or that someone else will even want to read our words, but then Allision profoundly states “if you never write down the words, how will you ever know?” How will we ever know, indeed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    CatReader

    I just finished reading this but could not tell you what its central thesis is. Its meandering narrative is reminiscent of Jack Kerouac's rambling stream of consciousness narratives. I just finished reading this but could not tell you what its central thesis is. Its meandering narrative is reminiscent of Jack Kerouac's rambling stream of consciousness narratives.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sinead

    3.5 stars - I was a little disappointed with this book. For some reason it didn’t really click with me. It felt like a long blog post with very little actionable advice. But I see most reviews of it are 5 star, so obviously it has been helpful for a lot of people.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stan Stinson

    Write It Down – It can be powerful but only if you do it - Let this book show you how. Why do you read any book? I expect you read for the same reason I do, to be entertained, to learn something new, or to be reminded of something you may have forgotten or to see something familiar from a different perspective. This book checked all of those boxes for me. I expect when you get your copy and read it your boxes will be checked too. You will have discovered how powerful writing “it” down can be, wha Write It Down – It can be powerful but only if you do it - Let this book show you how. Why do you read any book? I expect you read for the same reason I do, to be entertained, to learn something new, or to be reminded of something you may have forgotten or to see something familiar from a different perspective. This book checked all of those boxes for me. I expect when you get your copy and read it your boxes will be checked too. You will have discovered how powerful writing “it” down can be, whatever your “it” is. If you follow the simple steps inside to develop the habit of writing it down it may just transform your life. No one may ever see what you write but you, but you are the one who needs to see it. This book will benefit you regardless of whether you consider yourself a writer or not. It might change your perspective on that too. The ideas in this book are not just based on the author’s opinion but on research and experience and examples of how it has worked for her and others she has worked with. After I read chapter 5 my thought was, “If someone buys this book and just reads this chapter it would be well worth the small investment of time and money.” Then I read chapter 6 and it blew me away. And then I finished the rest of the book. There is so much inside this one it is hard to pick a quote or two but here are a couple I thought were share-worthy. “the words you put on paper will change the ending of the story. It’s impossible for them not to.” “what seems ordinary about your life might just be more worthy of a long, loving look than you ever imagined. If you don’t ever write down the words, how will you know?” There are so many concepts inside that will either be a reminder or revelation for you including the infinity prompt, becoming your own narrator, metabolism, yes, metabolism, love, and unfinished endings. I am a writer who has been on a sabbatical, so to speak, for the last 3+ years. This book met and exceeded my expectation by providing both new ideas and new perspectives on writing that I know will help me if I apply them. The investment of time and a few dollars for this book was a great investment for me. If I take action (TBD) as Allison exhorts me to do my sabbatical will be ending soon. I expect I will be re-reading this one. I encourage you to get your copy today. Writing it down has the power to change your life. Let Allison show you how.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Vanderlip

    The Power of Writing It Down is not a book about writing for writers--I mean it is but it isn’t the way you might think. This book reveals the truth that we are all writers who can use writing as a tool to change our lives. There is no fluffy magic or woo-woo ideas here. This book is solid, researched, practical, lived out by the author and thousands of others, and completely inviting no matter what reservations you might have about leaning into the practice of writing. Generally speaking, we ar The Power of Writing It Down is not a book about writing for writers--I mean it is but it isn’t the way you might think. This book reveals the truth that we are all writers who can use writing as a tool to change our lives. There is no fluffy magic or woo-woo ideas here. This book is solid, researched, practical, lived out by the author and thousands of others, and completely inviting no matter what reservations you might have about leaning into the practice of writing. Generally speaking, we are a people who are disconnected, distracted, feel stuck, and struggle to break free from unhealthy patterns. We want to be connected, present, find freedom, and be our whole authentic selves, but the problem becomes how. Allison offers us a solution in this book. Her teaching voice drew me in as I read, and I eagerly wanted to sit at her feet and listen. (*This* is a sign of a good book). Allison is like you favorite teacher, you know the one. The one who really knew how to connect with you, who saw past your “junk” and tried to call out the power and beauty within you. As I read, I felt like she saw right through me and the walls I’ve built to keep me from seeing myself. And she did so, without shame or judgment, just gentleness and knowing. This book is timely for me as I move through a season of feeling stuck in my writing and my life (because the two go hand in hand). It brought me hope. I’ve already reread a few of the chapters. This book is an insightful, inspirational, practical, and beautiful read. It’s filled with brain science and research combined with personal stories woven together and written in a fascinating (not boring) way. This book is accessible and approachable. It is written for the writer, the reluctant writer, and the person who laughs at the thought of calling themselves a writer. This is a book for humans. Would I recommend this book? 100%. Do you want to make progress in your life? Find transformation? Healing? Get unstuck? Learn how to express yourself? Find your voice? Read this book to discover how to write in a way that will do these things for you. This book delivers on all its promises.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Gareis

    “Writing will show you the stories you’ve made up about your life. It will show you how those narratives are just that - made up. And it will help you change the narratives so you can change the outcome. Writing helps us step outside of our stories and see them differently. It helps us reclaim our stories for ourselves again.” (P. 101) Five things about The Power of Writing It Down by Allison Fallon. 1. Too much time is spent trying to “sell” and promote the author’s business, workshops, podcast “Writing will show you the stories you’ve made up about your life. It will show you how those narratives are just that - made up. And it will help you change the narratives so you can change the outcome. Writing helps us step outside of our stories and see them differently. It helps us reclaim our stories for ourselves again.” (P. 101) Five things about The Power of Writing It Down by Allison Fallon. 1. Too much time is spent trying to “sell” and promote the author’s business, workshops, podcast, and services. Half this book is a glorified infomercial. 2. That being said, the other half of this book presents an interesting concept that I’ve considered for decades. That idea is encapsulated in the quote above. 3. Chapter Six in this book is the only chapter most readers who would pick up this book in the first place need/want. But it’s a strong chapter. It’s why this book is getting three stars. 4. Chapter Six is where it all gets practical but there are multiple anecdotes and plenty of research presented in the pre and proceeding chapters if you need/want that sort of thing. 5. I spent 20 minutes going through her Infinity Prompt after reading this book and already feel there’s something real there. Possibly life changing - depending upon the user. I can see myself recommending this process and possibly even Chapter Six of this book to friends and family and students but the whole book...nope. Just too much self promotion. No one wants to hand a book to their friend and say read this commercial.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    I really liked this book; found it had some practical advice for the writing life, whether the writing life is for publication or for therapy or for some other reason (there may be other reasons to write). In fact, she thinks EVERYONE should write, it's good for you, like exercise. In that way, her book reminds me of Brenda Ueland's single "If You Want To Write," which contains this sentence, "everyone is talented, original, and has something to say" (I will need to check for accuracy on this qu I really liked this book; found it had some practical advice for the writing life, whether the writing life is for publication or for therapy or for some other reason (there may be other reasons to write). In fact, she thinks EVERYONE should write, it's good for you, like exercise. In that way, her book reminds me of Brenda Ueland's single "If You Want To Write," which contains this sentence, "everyone is talented, original, and has something to say" (I will need to check for accuracy on this quote.) That being said, there is also something that kind of bothers me about this book. It was published by a Christian publishing house and there are some sort of hints of spirituality in it, but this is NOT a devotional book. The gospel is not its point. That is all fine, but it does sometimes feel like writing is a religious experience for her; writing can save your life. I think there is a sense in which she is right about that. But it depends on what you mean by "save your life." This is a book that, at least in part, needs to be practiced. And the practices in the book are helpful ones. And the idea that you confront yourself when you write is a sound theological point.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Ally says it best -- "The invitation to write is an invitation to find your voice" (Chapter 2). In this book, Ally walks you through that process of finding and hearing your own voice step-by-step. She starts with what writing can help you do and why you often feel stuck and unable to write, then moves to showing you that no matter how you identify yourself you are also a writer. It is practical -- with ways you can make space to write. It is reflective and deep -- the best writing comes from as Ally says it best -- "The invitation to write is an invitation to find your voice" (Chapter 2). In this book, Ally walks you through that process of finding and hearing your own voice step-by-step. She starts with what writing can help you do and why you often feel stuck and unable to write, then moves to showing you that no matter how you identify yourself you are also a writer. It is practical -- with ways you can make space to write. It is reflective and deep -- the best writing comes from asking great questions. She takes your hand and walks you through a writing practice that is also a life practice (her words) -- kindly answering the questions that are likely in your mind with explanations from brain science (easily understandable, thankfully), processes (the Infinity Prompt) and examples from her own writing life as well as those she has coached. As you slowly begin to find your words and voice, you feel like you have a coach and friend right there next to you. Ally shows you that you have a story worth telling, and that story comes from telling the truth about yourself. This is a powerful book. Be prepared to change how you think about writing and your own life as you read it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Singh

    This inspiring book delves into how the power of words can change our stories' narrative to usher healing by utilizing the power of perspective. The premise is writing can be instrumental in helping process pieces of your life as you navigate the journey to wholeness. This book spoke to me personally on many levels. Ally covers the neuroscience of rewiring the brain and the potential to change our thought process. This book is a stark reminder of the life changing nature that story telling can b This inspiring book delves into how the power of words can change our stories' narrative to usher healing by utilizing the power of perspective. The premise is writing can be instrumental in helping process pieces of your life as you navigate the journey to wholeness. This book spoke to me personally on many levels. Ally covers the neuroscience of rewiring the brain and the potential to change our thought process. This book is a stark reminder of the life changing nature that story telling can bring. The right words will help you see more clearly from new angles. This pursuit of expressive words can allow a healing of the disconnected parts of the fragmented self. Healing of the self can lead to healing of other areas of life. The power of writing as Ally insinuates lies wherein the transformative nature of self-discovery and the potential to influence others. Ally writes with a tender flair, weaving in comical and vulnerable tones as she learns to share how words and writing have helped her soul make space for grace. I recommend this book for all ages since I feel that expression is pertinent for self-growth. The power of writing it down will remain in my personal arsenal to remind myself of the facets of gifts that writing brings.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Are you a writer? Do you write, compose, and send at least three emails or text messages every day? What is your earliest memory of writing? This is the trinity of questions that serve as the catalyst for Allison Fallon’s The Power of Writing It Down. “There is something miraculously healing about the power of writing it down, whether what you’re writing down is fact or fiction.” To write is to create something out of nothing, and, as image bearers of our Creator, we are all writers. To write is Are you a writer? Do you write, compose, and send at least three emails or text messages every day? What is your earliest memory of writing? This is the trinity of questions that serve as the catalyst for Allison Fallon’s The Power of Writing It Down. “There is something miraculously healing about the power of writing it down, whether what you’re writing down is fact or fiction.” To write is to create something out of nothing, and, as image bearers of our Creator, we are all writers. To write is to be human. In the words of Luke 24:32, "'Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?'” Words burn in our hearts until they set flame to the page. We don’t merely read a book, we bear witness to someone else’s life. Writing is an invitation to bear witness to our own. Your ability to regulate emotions is as limited as your vocabulary. “Words are the most powerful tool we have to create the life we long for.” The Power of Writing It Down is a dare to write the book we wish to become.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    There are paragraphs in here that are stunning. Truths to hold onto. And then there are other moments where I think I just disagree with the author. It posed a confusing read. I went from irritated and critical to moved and taking notes every few pages. The larger prose is disappointing. There a repeated apologetic tone for the brain science the author engages to make her point. I think it was meant to be approachable but came off as uncertain. The repeated use of "most people perceive writing th There are paragraphs in here that are stunning. Truths to hold onto. And then there are other moments where I think I just disagree with the author. It posed a confusing read. I went from irritated and critical to moved and taking notes every few pages. The larger prose is disappointing. There a repeated apologetic tone for the brain science the author engages to make her point. I think it was meant to be approachable but came off as uncertain. The repeated use of "most people perceive writing this way" was alienating because I didn't connect with any of the perceptions outlined--but maybe the book wasn't for me. And that's fair. I will be referring it to certain people in my sphere asking questions about writing. An aside: in moments of offering examples of how we may seek to change our lives, she mentions weight loss multiple times. While a common objective in American culture, the normalization of diet and weight management is harmful. Unaddressed narratives of health and change are left unchallenged here. And even better left out entirely.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tabatha Sanders

    I thought this book was going to tell me how to organize my life and thoughts better by writing things down and keeping better track of my To-Do list, for example. I’m glad I was wrong. I was pleasantly surprised to hear about the power of writing “your story” down and how therapeutic it can be. Creating a physical space to write, looking at your priorities, and blocking off time to write will allow you to get inside your head, examine what really matters, and work it out with words, one of the I thought this book was going to tell me how to organize my life and thoughts better by writing things down and keeping better track of my To-Do list, for example. I’m glad I was wrong. I was pleasantly surprised to hear about the power of writing “your story” down and how therapeutic it can be. Creating a physical space to write, looking at your priorities, and blocking off time to write will allow you to get inside your head, examine what really matters, and work it out with words, one of the most powerful tools we have. It can help you work out so many feelings and emotions, work through history, and visualize your future. You can write for others to read, or just write for yourself... it’s your choice. Either way, it’s a healthy practice to incorporate into your life. This book encouraged me to restart the “memories” emails that I send to my boys’ accounts. When they’re grown, I’ll give them the email account and password, and they’ll have a journal full of memories from their childhood.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Krol

    Equal parts therapy, clever writing habits, inspiration and motivation, this bright and mighty book is more than a guide for writing, it's a guide for life. And still it will be placed among my favorite, often-referenced books on writing. To write well, we live aware and awake to our life. And this book helps unlock our power to do just that. Ally is genuine and generous as she guides through stories, prompts, and questions to help us find the answers that we already possess, answers that may ha Equal parts therapy, clever writing habits, inspiration and motivation, this bright and mighty book is more than a guide for writing, it's a guide for life. And still it will be placed among my favorite, often-referenced books on writing. To write well, we live aware and awake to our life. And this book helps unlock our power to do just that. Ally is genuine and generous as she guides through stories, prompts, and questions to help us find the answers that we already possess, answers that may have been covered up by other narratives we have told ourselves or layered under the critical voices in our lives (including our own). We get to show up to our lives and tell ourselves the truth about the moments that shape and change it. The last chapter on legacy reminded me just what I am here for as a mom, wife, sister, friend. When we own our stories and realize we have both the power and the gift to write them down, it changes everything.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carol Keller

    I love Fallon's podcast "Find Your Voice" and I agree with the premise of this book. That we can change our lives through writing because it can ask our mind to work in a new way. But, I didn't love the book, it had more words than it needed and it does not escape my notice that I'm saying that about a book about the importance of writing and words. I can see myself using her Infinity Prompt for journaling: 1. What are the facts? 2. What is the story I'm telling myself about the facts? 3. What a I love Fallon's podcast "Find Your Voice" and I agree with the premise of this book. That we can change our lives through writing because it can ask our mind to work in a new way. But, I didn't love the book, it had more words than it needed and it does not escape my notice that I'm saying that about a book about the importance of writing and words. I can see myself using her Infinity Prompt for journaling: 1. What are the facts? 2. What is the story I'm telling myself about the facts? 3. What are my feelings about what happened? 4. What did I do to engage or disengage with what I felt? 5. What was the result of those actions? Here is something to think about. Writing teaches us to do something our lives are asking us to do everyday: show up. In other words, a daily writing practice is a metaphor for the way we put our 2 feet into our lives. I'm conflicted about the stars but I'm leaving it at 3 even though I really needed to hear what she had to say.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donna Arcara

    I followed Anne Bogel to this book and I expected to love it; I can't leave a 2 star review without doing right by the the author and explaining why I didn't enjoy it. Guilt keeps making me want to up it to at least 3 stars! I liked some of the information about the limbic brain and its importance in writing expressively; I feel sure the advice about environment and mindset is good. I'm sure the author is a lovely and talented person. But I walked away, an actual DNF of the audiobook, about 2/3 I followed Anne Bogel to this book and I expected to love it; I can't leave a 2 star review without doing right by the the author and explaining why I didn't enjoy it. Guilt keeps making me want to up it to at least 3 stars! I liked some of the information about the limbic brain and its importance in writing expressively; I feel sure the advice about environment and mindset is good. I'm sure the author is a lovely and talented person. But I walked away, an actual DNF of the audiobook, about 2/3 in feeling somewhat negative and dispirited, almost like depressed. Many books on this subject leave me singing (Stephen King, On Writing, is my favorite). I don't want to discourage anyone else from reading this book, as I feel sure it's a personality mismatch or maybe a generation gap. (I am older and I sure felt it!)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Gausch

    I've dabbled in journaling for years, wanting to make it a habit but never quite accomplishing that. Allison Fallon understands this. At times while reading this book, I felt like she was looking into my soul and speaking directly to me. A few times, things she said really put me off. Overall though, I loved the insights into how writing helps us find our voice, make sense of our lives and feelings, and reach a place of peace. The writing prompts were helpful, and I really appreciated the messag I've dabbled in journaling for years, wanting to make it a habit but never quite accomplishing that. Allison Fallon understands this. At times while reading this book, I felt like she was looking into my soul and speaking directly to me. A few times, things she said really put me off. Overall though, I loved the insights into how writing helps us find our voice, make sense of our lives and feelings, and reach a place of peace. The writing prompts were helpful, and I really appreciated the message of going with what works for us as a unique individual. I often get in my own way when I'm motivated to write--I'm not a writer, I'm don't know what to say, I don't have the right journal/pens/space, I can't justify the self-indulgence, and on and on. Much of that resistance has been swept away after reading this book, and that's the best part of all.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Charissa

    Oh my goodness... Ally's book couldn't be more timely for us. Each chapter drew me in immediately with her interesting stories and discoveries, it also stirred me up to pick up my pen and my simple journal each day. She reminded me that the words I'm putting on the page are interesting, important, and life transforming, not only for me, but for others too. And this has proven to be so true. I've been writing everyday for the past few months and I can say without a doubt I am seeing things inside Oh my goodness... Ally's book couldn't be more timely for us. Each chapter drew me in immediately with her interesting stories and discoveries, it also stirred me up to pick up my pen and my simple journal each day. She reminded me that the words I'm putting on the page are interesting, important, and life transforming, not only for me, but for others too. And this has proven to be so true. I've been writing everyday for the past few months and I can say without a doubt I am seeing things inside myself that I didn't know were there. I'm unearthing the deeper stories of my soul and stepping into a newfound courage and vulnerability that feels so freeing!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Glenalyn

    I absolutely loved Allison Fallon’s latest book, The Power of Writing It Down. It was grounded in power psychological insights, relevant anecdotes, and personal testimonies to the power of writing it down. I realized just how healthful and helpful regular journaling and writing can be, and this book coached me on why to make it a priority as a part of overall wellness and wholeness. I highly recommend this for all humans, not just those of us who aspire to be writers. There are such benefits to I absolutely loved Allison Fallon’s latest book, The Power of Writing It Down. It was grounded in power psychological insights, relevant anecdotes, and personal testimonies to the power of writing it down. I realized just how healthful and helpful regular journaling and writing can be, and this book coached me on why to make it a priority as a part of overall wellness and wholeness. I highly recommend this for all humans, not just those of us who aspire to be writers. There are such benefits to writing, which Ally explores and shares so well. The book is well-researched, thought out, and written. I am grateful to own it and can’t wait to read it again and share with others

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I love writing and books about writing so this was a no-brainer choice for me. What I wasn’t expecting was the fresh approach and ideas it contains. There is a new motivation compelling my writing journey. I feel inspired and encouraged with direction, steps to take, and authenticity that was fresh and helpful. My plan is to now listen to the audio to glean for what I may have missed and keep moving forward in my own writing. *I was invited to the launch team by a friend and got an advanced onli I love writing and books about writing so this was a no-brainer choice for me. What I wasn’t expecting was the fresh approach and ideas it contains. There is a new motivation compelling my writing journey. I feel inspired and encouraged with direction, steps to take, and authenticity that was fresh and helpful. My plan is to now listen to the audio to glean for what I may have missed and keep moving forward in my own writing. *I was invited to the launch team by a friend and got an advanced online copy of the manuscript.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Williams

    As a self-proclaimed writer, this book spoke to me. Allison takes us through scientific reasons behind why writing helps us "metabolize our lives." She provides provoking writing prompts and encouragement for everyone to engage a writing practice. Whether you write emails, texts or novels, you'll find a place to express yourself through this book. Easy and engaging to read. Can't recommend it enough! As a self-proclaimed writer, this book spoke to me. Allison takes us through scientific reasons behind why writing helps us "metabolize our lives." She provides provoking writing prompts and encouragement for everyone to engage a writing practice. Whether you write emails, texts or novels, you'll find a place to express yourself through this book. Easy and engaging to read. Can't recommend it enough!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I've followed Ally's work for years. She has a gift of being strong and vulnerable--unapologetically herself. In this book, she teaches you how to cultivate that for yourself. Reading this book and doing the practices outlined in it have helped me get un-stuck, gain understanding that has eluded me, and given me hope. I enjoyed her wonderful research, direct writing style, and deep insights. Definitely a must-read. I've followed Ally's work for years. She has a gift of being strong and vulnerable--unapologetically herself. In this book, she teaches you how to cultivate that for yourself. Reading this book and doing the practices outlined in it have helped me get un-stuck, gain understanding that has eluded me, and given me hope. I enjoyed her wonderful research, direct writing style, and deep insights. Definitely a must-read.

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