A Writer's Guide to Surviving Trauma

January 8, 2015 4:18 PM

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Whenever readers ask me how I started writing, I find myself stumped, because I know people want their anecdotes edited and perfectly formed. The reality is more complex and messier than anyone cares for, and so my responses are anodyne. I speak of "inspiration" as a generic entity because the truth is self-exposing and I don't want to come across as vulnerable and flawed.

Whenever I create this inspirational smokescreen, I omit the fact that I started writing when I was in my teenage years, six months out of a psychiatric institution. At the time I was in a depressive slump and I was reading a great deal of contemporary and classic fiction in order to cope with my un...

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