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Sometimes I hear from someone who’s finding it too painful to write their story. Usually, they’re referring to a memoir, but sometimes they’re writing a self-help book that touches upon a painful real life story, or even a novel based on the author’s life.
My best advice is “Don’t go it alone.” When traveling to those dark regions of the soul, go in there with all the support you can muster:
Yes, you want to remember the details, but not at the expense of your happiness and wellbeing. Good writing does not mean suffering. In my opinion, good writing is always transcendant of the pain. And to transcend, you need to keep connecting.
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