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Writers Circle Newsletter about writing through troublesome times
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edited by Vivian


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Weekly Editor’s Letter


Writing through Troublesome Times


         Some people, like me, pick up pen and paper or go to the computer when sorrow, grief, or other trouble strikes. The need to put emotion, especially that caused by trauma, into words becomes overwhelming. Words spill across the page or screen, allowing us to cope with the pain swamping our spirits.

         Does verbalizing help us cleanse the poison of suffering from our hearts and minds? Or, are our words a cry for help? Perhaps, we need to verbalize and receive help in order to heal. In fact writing therapy is a recommended way of dealing with problems of all kinds.

         Putting my emotions into words helped me survive the death of my baby. I thought I was going crazy as the dreams came each time I slept: dreams of holding her, caring for her, dreams too real. I’d awaken to the reality of my loss and empty arms again and again. Finally I started writing each time I awoke. I’d pour my thoughts onto the multicolored pages of a tablet and stick the written words in the family Bible. As time passed, the grief became bearable. Writing helped me survive for my other children and my husband.

         As I sat beside my mother’s side after her stroke, I knew she probably wouldn’t live, couldn’t live. I grabbed scrap paper and jotted my feelings into lines of poetry. As Robert and I lived through the past year, knowing that his life was ending, I questioned God, begged Him to touch Robert. Then I turned to writing again. I used words to cope with the pain of watching my husband suffer. Writing allowed me to stay strong for him. Then when Robert no longer was considered terminal, I knew that writing had helped me keep my sanity again.

         The following items are a few that I’ve written to help me: "Where Is God? [13+], "The "Perfect" Cup of Tea [ASR], "Invalid Item , and "Another Nightmare [E]

         Putting emotions into words does help us to better understand, in time, and to deal with traumatic emotions. We write our way through troublesome times.

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"There is a place where you will find out that you are not alone, that your story is not the only story. That we are all part of the same universe of words: This poetry that heals and makes us whole. Come, we've been waiting for you." ~~ Richard Brown, www.poetrytherapy.org


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Issue # 191
09/19/2005
Edited by: Vivian
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