How Writing Helped Me Process the War (Part 2)

If you read our articles on PTSD and Writing or how Kacy Tellessen's suicide letter sent him on a 10-year journey of writing, re-writing, edit, and finally publishing a war memoir, you know that writing can help veterans process their wartime trauma. In this post, I'll continue exploring how my personal experience of writing a book helped me. If you missed Part 1 where I explore the scientific evidence for writing therapy, you can find it here.

By the end of this post, I hope you'll have an insider's perspective of how writing helped at least one veteran. The Veteran Artist Residencies nonprofit exists because I know this process works for others and will continue to save lives.

Writing Is Inherently Therapeutic

It's not uncommon to hear artists claim they create because they'd go insane if they didn't. I know more than one artist living on the fringe, forced into the creative life by something outside of their control. And in my case, that was certainly accurate for a good long while. I wrote because I had to.

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N. B. Hankes

N. B. Hankes

Founder and best selling author of "Waking Up On the Appalachian Trail."
Humboldt County, California