I love stories.

I listen to them. I watch them on TV, videos, or movies. I read them.

And I write them.

I’ve written almost every kind of story there is. Mystery, romance, confession, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, and every other kind I can think of and garnered a couple prizes and ‘best-selling’ author designations along the way.

I’ve written short stories, novellas, and novels.

In the process I’ve learned that my favorite stories are science fiction and paranormal. Preferably the two combined.

My stories are always clean, they are always either contemporary or near future, they always have at least a slight romantic element, and they always end happily. Always. Guaaranteed. (Okay, two short stories, ‘The River Boy’ and ‘Down From The Mountain’ have endings that might not be considered completely happy. Maybe just somewhat happy. You decide.)

Check out the covers below and see what you think. And have a happy, happy day.

MOST RECENT: PUBLISHED OR WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON

How can creative writing help someone cope with their mental illness?

Many people with mental or emotional issues use creative writing to ‘write out’ their problems.

The structure required to put together a creative work forces them to put structure to what they experience. That structure helps them put the problem into some kind of order and, with order, they may finally be able to make sense of it as a whole and, hopefully, deal with it.

The effort of writing down what they’ve felt and experienced helps them view those experiences from a safe place and, again hopefully, helps them get past it.

Creative writing as therapy doesn’t only help people with mental illnesses. It helps everyone who writes. I’ve seen this often in writing groups to the extent that one such group laughingly called itself the ‘writers and support group’ because so much of the writing was therapeutic in nature and things long thought buried were brought out into the open and, as writers critiqued each other’s writing that was about long buried problems, they also in the process, gave emotional support to the writer.

It was in such groups that I came to realize that most writers — possibly all — go through what I think of as a ‘therapeutic’ phase in their writing. It’s the beginning phase and it consists of ‘writing out’ things that happened to them that they’d not dealt with. Some were minor, some major, but almost everyone alive has experienced things they are better off facing and dealing with.

Then, as problems were ‘written out’ and got past, those writers often went on to other things and frequently became quite good writers.

2 responses to “How can creative writing help someone cope with their mental illness?”

  1. This is so very interesting Florence and it all makes sense, thank you so much for posting this! I always like to hear what your point of views are and I always find them very interesting and Very Helpful! Thank you. Have a Great week. God Bless you.

  2. Before becoming a writer, I taught first grade and mainstreamed emotionally disturbed children. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about mental and emotional problems! And I possibly am more sensitive to such issues than I’d have been otherwise.

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