Writing Core Wounds III

The Key for Overcoming Core Wounds is to Know and Accept the Stories Informing a Core Wound. Once Felt and Acknowledge you and not the Pain of the Wound can Write the Rest of the Story you are LivingAdults with parts trapped in the earlier stages of human development due to events experienced as traumatic… Read More

Are you Stuck in Your Story?

​Are you Stuck in Your Story?A common obstacle that challenges the practice of expressing one’s story is starting. It is rarely obvious where to start or how to go about piecing together what feels like a mess. There is the fear of being incoherent. Instead of working with the cliche to “start somewhere” many never… Read More

Trauma, Fiction and Ethics (Part 4)

Continued from Part 3   Differences between Life and Fiction: Life has many threads, and potential stories whereas fiction can focus on one thing and unfolds according to this logic, so the story world becomes a seemingly complete entity with one nuanced preoccupation. A novel obsesses over a single theme, problem or question. It keeps… Read More

Trauma, Fiction and Ethics (Part 3)

Continued from Part 2   In this Trauma Fiction and Ethics series, I look at the ways in which fiction can give the permission, possibility and safety required to speak. To break through the silence that threatens to drown the core sound trauma survivors continue to hold somatically (physically and symptomatically) within the body and… Read More

Trauma, Fiction and Ethics (Part 2)

The Problem of Telling Trauma Stories:The body is the primary place or landscape in which traumatic experience re-members in disorganised memory fragments re-experienced outside linear time. Consequently, the creative component of my creative writing PhD was, for the first three drafts, a structureless mess. I had no idea how to turn it into the novel… Read More

Trauma, Fiction and Ethics (Part 1)

White Female Caucasian Perspective and Approach to Telling a Trauma Fiction:My story and approach to writing trauma fiction is the effect of my white Caucasian Western female experience. It is a product of complex childhood trauma including emotional, verbal, financial, physical and sexual abuse within a patriarchal Italian-Australian community context. Catholicism and superstition within this… Read More

The Story of My History with Disordered Eating (Part 5)

Continuing on from Part 4 The only true hunger that I always felt to the point in which it hurt so much I couldn’t bully myself out of bed in the morning was to live as an artist. Not the daughter of second-generation Italian parents who wanted me to become a teacher so I could… Read More

The Story of My History with Disordered Eating (Part 4)

Continuing on from Part 3   Despite my obsession with ‘healthy eating’ it is more than evident at this point that nothing about me was healthy. I was terrified of most foods and fascinated by art and music. Like the artists I admired I had taken to alcohol, substance use and cigarettes in a big… Read More

The Story of My History with Disordered Eating (Part 3)

Continuing on from: Part 2   In the last two posts the story of my history with disordered eating has been the result of a writing exercise based on a food item that stands out to me. Here I wrote about significant experiences that included the presence of potatoes and how I understand them to… Read More

The Story of My History with Disordered Eating (Part 2)

Continuing on from: Part 1   I was mind-numbingly ashamed and yet too proud to cry in front of all these people. I wished I’d never put anything on the stupid round plate that the waiter never took with the empty ones. I kept pulling my dress over what I’d suddenly realised were very fatty… Read More