Tag: diary excerpts; journal; book creation

Anorexia Writing your life story with a memoir mentor

Writing your life story with a memoir mentor

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As a life-writing mentor, I offer guidance in transforming your life experiences into a tangible memoir. You write your truth, crafting your story in your unique voice. This form of self-expression is a precious gift to yourself and your loved ones. Writing a memoir is not just a healing and...

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advocacy Slip, slide, but hope got me over the line

Slip, slide, but hope got me over the line

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I’ve broken yet again. What hope have I got? I wonder, but I must have hope. Must not I, for when I think there is none, I want to die because one cannot live without hope. (Diary excerpt, 1991) I’m 40 years old. The next day I regress further.  I’m...

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advocacy Take a self-discovery tour – write your story

Take a self-discovery tour – write your story

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So, you want to write your memoir? A memoir is a story about part of your life. What part do you most want to write about? Why? My memoir, A Girl Called Tim, is about my life with an eating disorder from age 11 to age 55. As I entered...

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advocacy Welcome to Life Stories Diary

Welcome to Life Stories Diary

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The Diary Healer has transitioned to this new site with a new aim and a new name. Building on The Diary Healer’s accomplishments, lifestoriesdiary.com is here to encourage story-sharing and help you write your story. Are you one of the many people who say, ‘I will write my story one...

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advocacy How my diaries led to a memoir and finding Me

How my diaries led to a memoir and finding Me

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When I mentor clients in memoir writing, I explain this can be a three-stage process, depending on their goal. Stage One involves writing the first version of your story for yourself. This is the time to put everything on the table. Don’t hold back. Maybe there are repressed experiences that...

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Life Writing 50 Diary of a Middle-Aged Woman

50 Diary of a Middle-Aged Woman

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By Anonymous As I approached my 50th birthday I found myself thinking more and more about ageing. I would look in the mirror in the morning and increasingly see wrinkles and sagging where before there used to be bright eyes and smooth skin. I saw hollows emerging, skin creasing, blemishes...

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Use life writing to reclaim your voice

By June Alexander Knowledge is power in healing from a serious illness or changed life circumstance over which you may or may not have control. But when you lack the capacity to understand the context or implications of changes that have occurred, anxiety may set in, and you might experience...

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Life Writing “I’m sorry you’re going through that, but you know you’re not alone?”

“I’m sorry you’re going through that, but you know you’re not alone?”

Regaining healthy relationships after illness By June Alexander Sometimes when we are ill, especially with a mental health challenge, our relationship with self and with others can disconnect and disintegrate at an alarming rate. Confidence and belonging give way to shame, stigma, fear, and rejection. Openness may give way to...

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