Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives

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Beacon Press, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 226 pages
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In this inspiring book, based on her twenty years of research, highly acclaimed author and teacher Louise DeSalvo reveals the healing power of writing. DeSalvo shows how anyone can use writing as a way to heal the emotional and physical wounds that are an inevitable part of life. Contrary to what most self-help books claim, just writing won't help you; in fact, there's abundant evidence that the wrong kind of writing can be damaging. DeSalvo's program is based on the best available and most recent scientific studies about the efficacy of using writing as a restorative tool. With insight and wit, she illuminates how writers, from Virginia Woolf to Henry Miller to Audre Lorde to Isabel Allende, have been transformed by the writing process. Writing as a Way of Healing includes valuable advice and practical techniques to guide and inspire both experienced and beginning writers."An exquisite gift of grace. It will help you write yourself out of the wilderness of pain and denial into Wholeness." -Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of Simple Abundance
  

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An excellent book to encourage writing. - Goodreads
Writing has saved my life". - Goodreads
Writing has changed my life. - Goodreads
I reference this book a lot in my Masters/PhD work. - Goodreads
This quote says it all: "Writing has helped me heal. - Goodreads

Review: Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives

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Excellent book for the lay person who wants to learn how to use writing as a way of healing. Louise DeSalvo is an excellent author who really knows what she's talking about when it comes to the right way to learn how to write to heal. Read full review

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User Review  - Judith - Goodreads

One of the top books on journaling I have read over many years. DeSalvo recommends a technique that is similar to that of Carl Jung in his book Active Imagination. it involves in-depth narrative about ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER TWO
17
CHAPTER FOUR
47
Qualities of a Healing Narrarive
66
CHAPTER SEVEN
108
CHAPTER EIGHT
132
PART THREE
151
CHAPTER TEN
178
EPILOGUE
206
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Louise DeSalvo is the author of several books, including Adultery, Virginia Woolf, and Vertigo. She is professor of English at Hunter College and divides her time between Teaneck, New Jersey, and Sag Harbor, New York.

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