In this video, Work With or Through Pain: Writing Painful Memories, I talk about writing through painful memories. Pain is often a barrier to memoir writing. Who wants to revisit difficult times? Although delving into the past is a generally pleasant experience and promotes healing and growth, it can also be painful. In fact, sooner or later, pain seems to come with memoir writing. This pain if not handled well, can inhibit—and even stop—you from continuing with your writing.
Sometimes painful memories (poverty, childhood humiliation, abuse, abandonment, addiction, etc.) you had “forgotten” will resurface. Or, you may be unwilling to evoke certain memories at all. Perhaps they are still too painful, or perhaps you are afraid you will not be able to handle the pain if it comes back.
If a memory is so painful that you are still afraid of it, take this as an indication that you haven’t gotten over it yet. If a memory is still sapping your emotional energy—whether you are consciously aware of it or not, memoir writing may be very helpful to you. Click on the link below to learn how to work with and through pain by writing through painful memories
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