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Listening to your thoughts
Writing my thoughts down can be therapeutic for me – it allows me to see my thoughts, the links between ideas, and the flow of thoughts in a much clearer fashion. Unsurprisingly, it applies not only to me but also to people in general. In a psychology experiment, students who wrote about their traumas (illness, abuse etc.) felt better in real terms (made fewer doctor visits than they did in the past year for example). As the article will tell you – writing about their deepest feelings and thoughts helped them to be more optimistic by improving their mood.
On Self-published children’s books
This one’s a nicely put critique on self-published children’s books. I was introduced to a Tipping Point (by Malcolm Gladwell) chapter on Stickiness by a colleague. It talked about research on educating children (toddlers) and how the educating process was so different from that required for educating adults. Perhaps it applies to children’s books too. Authors who write for children need to understand that they are not writing a children’s book to provide entertainment to themselves or adults but a different set of audience.