Why Is Writing About Trauma So Hard?

Many writers who have gone through trauma in their lives reach a point where they feel called to write about what they’ve experienced. But getting started can be extremely difficult. Obviously, it’s hard to revisit past traumatic events, but writers struggle with writing about trauma in other ways too.

Whenever we’ve gone through a healing journey in our lives, we’ve also gone through a huge transformation. The trauma we experienced pushed us to grow and change, and it’s not always easy to write about these changes, or explain them to other people. As a result of our experience with trauma, we may have worked on healing old issues, old ideas about our identity, and old limiting belief systems. The healing journey is never over, but we do get to a place where we realize we’ve experienced so much that could help others.

For sensitive intuitive people, this is when we feel the call to write about our experiences. Maybe we want to write memoir, or maybe we want to write a fictional novel based on our life. Maybe we’re not even sure what we want to write at all. But we know that we want to help people who have gone through the same kind of trauma we have.

So, we feel the call to write, but we also feel like our experience is such a hard thing to write about, and on top of that we doubt ourselves and get scared that we might not have the skills to do it, or that people might have a negative reaction to our story and judge us.

I talk more about this in the video below:

I’m teaching a new class starting July 19 called Write to Heal, and we’re going to be working together to learn ways to start writing and keep writing our story, so that we can help others who may have experienced the same traumatic events we’ve gone through in our own lives.

We’ll be covering topics like:

How to write memoir (and fiction) to heal

How to deal with negative reactions to our writing from others

How to overcome self-doubt in ourselves to move forward

If this sounds like a class that would be helpful to you at this time, please be sure to SIGN UP for my newsletter HERE to get all the updates on the class, and SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel HERE to get more videos in this series. If you have any questions about this class, you can send them to me here.

My next video on this topic is about how to move past the fear of judgment when writing our story. I’ll see you then!

Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ WriterThe INFJ Revolution, and the creator of Understanding Yourself as an INFJ Writer, an online video course for INFJ writers who struggle with traditional writing methods. You can get a free copy of her book on creative marketing for writers by signing up for her newsletter HERE.

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