A Seven-Step Plan For Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life
Writing for Bliss is most fundamentally about reflection, truth, and freedom. With techniques and prompts for both the seasoned and novice writer, it will lead you to tap into your creativity through storytelling and poetry, examine how life-changing experiences can inspire writing, pursue self-examination and self-discovery through the written word, and, understand how published writers have been transformed by writing.
Poet and memoirist Raab (Lust) credits her lifelong love of writing and its therapeutic effects with inspiring her to write this thoughtful and detailed primer that targets pretty much anyone interested in writing a memoir. Most compelling here is Raab’s willingness to share her intimate stories (e.g., the loss of a relative, ongoing struggles with cancer, a difficult relationship with her mother). Her revelations are encouraging to writers who feel they need “permission to take… a voyage of self-discovery.” The book’s seven-step plan includes plenty of guidance, including on learning to “read like a writer,” and on addressing readers as if “seated across the table .” Raab covers big topics such as the “art and power of storytelling” and small details such as choosing pens and notebooks that you enjoy using. She also helps readers with the important step of “finding your form.”
–from the foreword by MARK FREEMAN, PhD
–BERNIE SIEGEL, MD, author of The Art of Healing
the writing process with such enormous compassion, amazing insight, and kindness. Diana Raab is a powerful, wise, intelligent guide
well worth our following.”
–JAMES BROWN, author of The Los Angeles Diaries and The River
Bravo to Bliss!”
–LINDA GRAY SEXTON, author of Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton
–PATRICK SWEENEY, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Succeed on Your Own Terms
“Through my writing, mentoring and workshops, I guide others to discover and tell their own unique stories and abiding truths. The craft and practice of writing can be transformative and empowering—a cornerstone for emotional and psychological well-being, and a way to tap into one’s true inner voice and passions.” — Diana Raab
She’s the author of eight books and over 500 articles and poems, and editor of two anthologies, WRITERS ON THE EDGE: 22 WRITERS SPEAK ABOUT ADDICTION AND DEPENDENCY and WRITERS AND THEIR NOTEBOOKS. Raab’s two memoirs are REGINA’S CLOSET: FINDING MY GRANDMOTHER’S SECRET JOURNAL and HEALING WITH WORDS: A WRITER’S CANCER JOURNEY. Her fourth and most recent poetry collection is called LUST.
Raab has been writing since the age of 10, when her mother gave her a Khalil Gibran journal to help her cope with her grandmother suicide. Since then, she has been using writing as a way of healing and transformation and inspiring others to do the same.
She is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandmother to two. She lives in Southern California.
She blogs for for Psychology Today, PsychAlive, and Boomer Cafe.
Diana Raab grew up writing. A journal was her mother’s way of helping her cope with her grandmother’s death/suicide early in her life. From that point on, Raab wrote to see what was going on in her life.
I love writing but have never thought my life was worthy of a memoir. After reading the Raab’s Writing for Bliss, I think everyone’s life is worthy of a memoir and I may start working on mine. Raab has prompts – tons of prompts – in this book that would be wonderful for the novice writer. They also got me thinking and writing in a journal again.
I highly recommend that those aspiring writers out there pick up a copy of Writing for Bliss and use the prompts and the process to shape their writing.
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
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