The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story

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A groundbreaking work for healing long-term emotional problems The Power of Memoir is a pioneering how-to book that provides a new step-by-step program to use memoir writing as a therapeutic process. By going through these steps you'll learn how to choose the significant milestones and turning points that make up a coherent story leading to a life-changing epiphany.
• Help uncover the secret stories that are ...

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A groundbreaking work for healing long-term emotional problems The Power of Memoir is a pioneering how-to book that provides a new step-by-step program to use memoir writing as a therapeutic process. By going through these steps you'll learn how to choose the significant milestones and turning points that make up a coherent story leading to a life-changing epiphany.
• Help uncover the secret stories that are the keys to healing
• Explore the dynamics and roles of dysfunctional families
• Heal old wounds, creating a better present and brighter future Using many examples from her students and clients, the author shows how creative, well-planned, and carefully researched memoir writing can offer a process for sorting out the truth from lies and family myths.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470508367
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 307,825
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., is president of the National Association of Memoir Writers and a practicing psychotherapist. She is the author of Don't Call Me Mother: Breaking the Chain of Mother-Daughter Abandonment, which won the Gold Medal Award from the Bay Area Independent Publishing Association in 2007.

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Table of Contents

Foreword (Kathleen Adams).



Part 1 Eight Steps to Writing a Healing Memoir.

Step 1 Understanding Your Reasons for Writing.

Step 2 Doing Your Research.

Step 3 Planning Your Memoir.

Step 4 The Psychology of Memoir Writing.

Step 5 The Dark Stuff.

Step 6 Organizing the Narrative Arc.

Step 7 To Publish—or Not.

Step 8 The Power of Writing to Heal.

Part 2 Spirituality, Therapy, and Stories.

Chapter 1 Spirituality, Meditation, and Inner Listening.

Chapter 2 For Therapists Who Use the Healing Power of Memoir.

Chapter 3 Stories from the Workshops.



Recommended Reading.

Reader's Guide.


About the Author.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Such A Well Inspired Writing

    I so enjoyed reading this book and although it is a more nuts and bolts book of putting together ones memoir; it's also a very inspiring book as it relates to making you and everyone feel as if their story, your important to write. The author writes this as if she is sitting next to you at the kitchen table. You have all your legal documents, your pictures, birthday cards, all of your memories laid out on that table. And the author is their helping you sort through it and making sense of it all. She is their to help you organize those memories, prioritize them and make sense out of them.

    She doesn't tell you how to write it because she knows every story is different and only you can tell your story your way. But the author gives you so many tools and techniques as to how to get started. And that may be the most important lesson in this book is that all the tools and techniques of the world are all well and good, but if you don't get started; what use are they?

    If you are serious about writing a memoir, this book is a must have. Not only will you appreciate what this book gives you in the way of tools as it were, but what the book really gives you; is the inspiration and confidence that you can really do this. You can write a memoir, let this author help you...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Skystars secrt chapter seven

    SkyFlash sat in shock. FoxStar never trusted her. Her kittypet secret was almost revealed. Now FoxStar has gone. "When am i gonna be a warrior" a voice complained. It was IvyPaw. She been complaning ever since RainLeap and IcyBreeze became warriors. Thats was when FoxStar announced her departure for a journwy. I'll be a horrible leader SkyFlash thought with worry. "If we get a better Deputy then you will" IvyPaw's menitr ShinningBramble replied. "And leader. If FoxStar died and RedFlame lived we will be okay" a cat meowed to them. "FoxStar is still leader. If you dont like how things are then leave" Skyflash growled at them. "Oh im so sorry miss Deputy. We will give you ultra respect" ShinningBramble mewee mockingly. "Imagine being led by a kittypet" the cat, MoonFire, mewed scornfuly. "Im not a kittypet" she hissed in reply. SkyFlash turned and walked away. FoxStar trusted her. Anyways she had more importent matters to deal with. FoxStar told her to name IvyPaw, LionPaw, and ShadowPaw. SkyStar yowled out the call. Cats gathered bellow. "ShinningBramble CinderWind and WindyMist is IvyPaw LionPaw and ShadowPaw ready to be Warriors" SkyFlash asked them. "IvyPaw is ready as any cat may be" ShinningBramble replied loudly for all to hear. "LionPaw is ready too" CinderWind answered. "ShadowPaw is super ready" WindyMist nodded respectfuly. "Then I, Skyflash with the permison of FoxStar call my Warrior ancestor down to look at these apprentices. They have worked hard to learn your noble ways. IvyPaw LionPaw ShadowPaw do you promise to uphold the ways of the warrior code even at the cost of your life" Skyflash turned to the three apprentices. They merely nodded toward her in agreeal. "Then let teem be a warrior in their turn. IvyPaw, FoxStar names you IvyDream. Your natural hunting abilitys give you lots of stealth. LionPaw, FoxStar names you LionBlow. Your strong and a great fighter. ShadowPaw, FoxStar names you ShadowHoeny. Your sweet nice and compasionite. New Warriors show were strong. Speaking of being strong i heard reports of Streamclan growing hostile. Borders there must be secure. ShinningBramble take SpottedSky, MouseWind, and LionBlow. Remark the border with StreamClan. BriarGlare take the apprentice battle training. LeafSnow take whoever you like hunting. Windymist take whoever you like hunting. Leaf-Fall is coming. Prey will be getting shorter and shorter. We must have lots of prey then for when we hunt we have full piles. ThunderRiver take RiverBerry BrambleSong and JayTail to burry prey for Leaf-Bare. Clan dismissed" Skyflash leaped down. The gental breeze chilled her fur. An early Leaf-Bare would be bad. Espiecily if StreamClan turns hostile. Soon BadgerClan would be surrounded by hostility. She let her mind wander back to her life as a kittypet. That was moons ago when today seem like a dream! SkyFlash sighed. Only if life was that simple. So you wanna leave part of her asked herself. Never she replied back to herself. BadgerClan is my one and only home. ShinningBramble glared over at her. Lots of cats were not trusting her lately. FoxStars sudden choice to leave had alarmed cats. They were trying to blame somebody so the blames Skyflash. "Skyflash why dont you hunt with us" a voice pulled her out of her thoughts. "Uh sure WindyMist. Who's coming with us" Skyflash replied. "ShadowHoeny and FireStorm" WindyMist pointed her tail at the two warriors. "Were hunting near the Briars" WindyMist led the cats out toward th Briars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    To one ynder me

    Awesome story. A bit confusing. Keep writing!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    The Mission (Chapter 8)

    Jonathan sat, ready for anything but what happened next: The holes in the walls made by the blasts, the dead portal regulator, and any damage to the room was momentarily distorted, and then was gone. Then an announcement in the voice of Drill Sergeant, who was known as Siffearn: "Good drill, crew! Now to the cafeteria!" Jonathan could only stare at the speaker with a dumbfounded expression. Had he heard right? Had he actually heard the word DRILL? "Yes," said a familiar voice behind him,"that was a drill. If the walls did break, you would be dead now due to either lack of oxygen or increased air pressure." Jonathan turned to see Quay. He was leaning against the doorway, his head turned to look at Jonathan. "Come on, J6," he said, starting to leave. "You're supposed to be on your way to the cafeteria now." Then he was gone before Jonathan could say anything. Left with no other options, he navigated the labyrinth of halls and corridors to get to the cafeteria. Rint was already at their table when he arrived. "Hey," he greeted Jonathan as he approached. "Took you long enough. And you still haven't told me what it is, but it should probably wait." Jonathan realized Rint was talking about his name. Not that he could respond, because Siffearn was clapping his hands for silence. The speed at which everything seemed to happen suddenly struck Jonathan like a blow from Rint's sword. Siffearn started speaking, though, and he didn't have time to think about it...which was a little ironic. "Most of you did very well," Siffearn boomed. "You held under pressure and the threat of being killed. Of course, we had the fake deaths to put more pressure on you. Those of you that didn't hold out as well–and you know who you are–please report to the training area." Jonathan saw A2, A5, A8, B1, B4, C8, C9, D0, E3, E7, F1, F4, F7, G3, G4, G5, G8, H0, H6, I5, J2, K3, L8, M1, M3, N8, O6, P2, P9, Q3, R7, S6, T3, T9, U0, V3, V6, W2, W5, X4, Y7, and Z9 slowly get up and leave, some daring others to challenge them, others looking upset with themselves. Jonathan remembered Q3 from the medical wing and saw he was just walking with his shiny bald head down, as if ashamed. He couldn't help feeling a pang of sympathy for the guy. After all, seeing even the fake death of the portal regulator had nearly sent him over the edge. Siffearn looked on as if displeased as they left, but once the door of the cafeteria slammed behind the last of them, he put on a huge smile and said,"Now here's your reward!" He snapped his fingers, and immediately all the tables flipped to reveal a cage with reptilian creatures in them. Each table's cage held the same number of reptiles as people that normally sat at the corresponding table. One in the cage at Jonathan's table was green and crawling all around the bars of its cage; the other one, black with flame-like orange patterns on its sides, sat quiet and still, staring right at Rint. Siffearn said,"Go ahead, open the cages! One of the dragons in your cage will come to you. Take that one to your dorm. You'll find a structure in your dorm for it." After some hesitation, Rint tentatively opened the cage. The green one immediately saw it was free and flung itself out of the cage and at Jonathan's face. The black one opened orange-streaked wings and flew gracefully out of the cage to land on Rint's shoulder. Quay revealed his own dragon, dark blue with thick black streaks, and said,"These guys are for you. Really useful." (To be continued...)

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