Writing As A Way Of Healing by Louise DeSalvo




I am currently reading, Writing As A Way Of Healing – How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives – by Louise DeSalvo. There are two reasons I’m reading it, maybe more. I feel broken and I’m trying to find my way back, and I want to get my personal stories written.

As I read the words in the above image, it was an “Aha!” moment. I knew that she had hit the proverbial nail on the head. Of course it is the pain that I wish to share, to understand it myself and my hope that it will help someone else but that pain was the very thing that was keeping me away from the page.

erase who you are

And then I read this… I stopped and read it again. I thought to myself that is exactly how I feel, like I’m beginning to erase who I am because I haven’t felt worthy or able to write my stories.  She definitely has my attention.

Louise DeSalvo explains, shows examples, and helps you get your stories, your trauma, onto the page. It doesn’t even have to be something you wish to share with the world, she helps you get your stories down so that you can move forward whether it is to continue to write or accomplish whatever your passion is, she will help you do it.

As I’m working through this book and several others I have come up with my new mantra, feel free to use it for yourself if it helps.

Stories to tell


I have stories to tell, stories that will go untold unless I write them.

You do too.

Painful or not, it is important that we get them written. If you have pain and traumas that have happened in your life and have been unable to write them down or move past them, check out – Writing As a Way of Healing by Louise DeSalvo.

Writing as a way of healing


May you feel worthy enough and able enough to get your words written.

Morgan Dragonwillow

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Morgan Dragonwillow: Poet , author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, massage therapist and facilitator of magical journeys who (mostly) doesn't let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. When she isn't working with clients, writing or dancing you can find her encouraging and supporting her writing community at #StoryDam#OctPoWriMo, & #PoetsonthePage You can also find her on Google+


  1. I believe that that is why maintaining a journal is so therapeutic. It goes deep into the recesses of our heart and touches the pain that we’ve buried below and heals it.
    Thanks for the book recommendation. I think I’ll check it out.
    Shalom Aleichem,

    • Hi Patricia, Yes journaling is great, journaling with intention as described in this book is phenomenally life changing. Glad to hear that you’re going to check it out, I know you will get so much out of it.


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