Yes, Tricia, I’m so glad you mention how dwelling on …

Comment on Refining Our Stories on the Page as a Path to Recovery: The healing power of writing by Shawna Ayoub Ainslie.

Yes, Tricia, I’m so glad you mention how dwelling on the pain can create more pain. It’s incredibly important to recognize boundaries in writing. I have a piece planned that talks about the writer’s drawer (setting work aside until you can look back with a fresh perspective) and how that is invaluable to writers working through trauma. Release doesn’t always happen quickly, and it’s okay to focus elsewhere. In fact, I have a post on side projects that talks about how I usually have at least three things in progress at once so I can switch gears and keep myself safe. Do you ever work that way? I’ll see if I can remember the title and grab that link. 🙂

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