Therapy in Writing

“Have you used something that happened to you in real life in any of your stories? Did you change it at all?”

The answer is yes. Many things/events from my life have made their way into my writing. Some things were altered so that they were a little less intense and some were made even more intense than they were. Some events from my life have inspired entire stories.

There is one that is in the works which came from walking through the cemetery late at night alone while I was younger. Something as simple as walking up a hundred stairs through the middle of the woods on a foggy night opens up to large cemetery at the top can inspire an entire story. Some of the emotions I had at the time have made it to the heroine of the story.

I remember bits of conversations with my youngest making it into a story. I had an editor tell me that no four year old would talk like that. I wrote her back saying that since I took that conversation from my four year old that I was going to leave it in the story.

There are some events from my life that were traumatic to me but writing them into a story and giving my heroine the opportunity to overcome it, to put that into her past helped me to heal as well.

I think it is a form of therapy. Its a way to heal. So I’ll keep using things from my life in my writing.

Do you think writing can help you through a rough time or help you get past something that has been bothering you?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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4 Responses to Therapy in Writing

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    That late night trek to / thru the cemetery sounds quite spooky. We live near a sizable cemetery which started in 1863 as a family plot. I’ve been up there at night many times… but never alone!
    Love the anecdote about the editor questioning dialog.
    I had a contest judge one time chastise my manuscript (in one aspect) by stating, authoritatively, “men don’t talk like that.”
    Oh really?
    Well, at that point, I’d been a guy for over 60 years and had been around guys all my life, including a college dorm and a military hitch. I think I have a pretty good idea how guys talk. LOL.

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  2. No, I have not worked out a problem in writing.I’m afraid that I need to work it out for first, although I find myself using more and more.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve written scenes as a “do-over” for things I’ve mismanaged. But as a way to work out current problems? Not really.
    Like you, I’ve had editors question my choice of words. Around here, grandparents are called Grandma and Grandpa, or Nana and Papa. But when I had a character call her grandparents Nana and Papa, the editor insisted that Papa would make people thing he was her father, and suggested Papaw, which I’ve never heard anyone in my circles use. If the setting had been closer to her home, I might have agreed, but since the story was set in my neck of the woods, I went with Grandpa and his last name.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      My late mother-in-law was called “Nana” by all 5 of her grandchildren.
      My late father was called “Papa” by all 9 of his grandchildren.


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