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How to Write When the World Has Broken Your Heart

Today’s guest post is by author Nancy Stohlman.

It’s been a common theme in 2020: normally prolific writers finding themselves creatively blocked. And there is nothing more painful for a creative type than to not be creating.

Of course we blame the Corona scorched-earth meltdown. I mean, we were blindsided. We weren’t ready or expecting this. It’s as if we got our hearts collectively broken, and no one saw it coming. We’ve probably cycled through our stages of grief, maybe multiple times, and now we just feel unsettled in this awkward aftermath, this endless creative desert.

So now what?

How do you write when the world has broken your heart?

I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift’s new album. A lot. And I’m not at all surprised that TS has been able to compose under quarantine; she’s made a career from harnessing her heartbreaks and turning them into creative fodder.

Which got me thinking: Hey, wait a minute. We’ve all done this before.

Remember the poetry that poured from you in the midst of high school angst? The songs you wrote during late-night college heartbreaks? The drawings you sketched as you nursed your bruised feelings back from the shock of despair, betrayal, broken promises, or loss? Continue Reading…

5 Stages of Writer’s Grief

Today’s guest post is by K. M. Barkley.

It has been said that writers are a different breed from normal human-beings. They feel differently, act differently, and live differently.

It’s true, we do a ton of stuff counter to the norm, if not completely backward. Grief is no different. Grief has become connected to death—in most cases, the death of a loved one being the most widely attributed. But, as writers, we deal with the death of self, identity, confidence, careers, and the lives of the stories we tell.

The roadmap of conquering the emotional downturn of pain, sorrow, and distress has been coined in the “Five Stages of Grief”: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. But as writers, we must do things ass-backward, naturally. Continue Reading…

Write Yourself out of Depression: Practical Self-Therapy for Creative Writers

Today’s guest post is by author and writing instructor Rayne Hall.

Do you feel like you’re trapped in a dark hole of morass, sinking deeper and deeper, the mud rising to your hips, your chest, your throat? Is despair smothering you like a heavy blanket? Is your own life moving past you like a train, and you are forced to watch and cannot board? Has crippling lethargy wrapped its tentacles around you so tightly that you cannot move, sucking from you all energy and the will to live?

If you want to get better, to feel alive again, if you want to step out of this darkness and take control of your recovery, you can use your skill with words to help yourself.

I’ve been there. I understand. Together with Alexander Draghici, a psychologist specialising in emotional disorders, I’ve written a book to guide writers like you out of the dark hole.

You can be your own therapist and at the same time improve your fiction-writing skills. Continue Reading…

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