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Narrative Writing

Narrative Writing

Narrative writing offers warriors opportunities for reflection, creative expression and self-empowerment which complements the work done though other therapeutic modalities. Since writing is a process of discovery, no writing experience or level of skill is required for warriors to benefit from making discoveries about their own truth, trauma story, or moral injury privately at whatever pace feels safe to them. Being offered a wide and flexible array of writing interventions often leads to veterans feeling empowered to record and reflect upon insights from the therapy and healing process, making them a more informed and active participant in the healing process.

Writing their own trauma narrative helps warriors to integrate the dissociated parts of their psyche and their trauma experience, creating new healing neural pathways lined with their own words. In addition, keeping a written record of events and emotions offers a kind of external memory bank and coping tool for warriors with brain injury, allowing them to make more consistent and confident clinical progress toward healing. As warriors write their way home, they can also choose when and if they share parts of their narrative with others in their home or in wider circles of support, reducing their isolation. Whether shared or kept private, narrative writing helps veterans to reclaim the words, truths, stories, and strengths that had been stripped away by the winds of war.

 

Here are some groups using the power of the written word with military veterans ~

https://voicesfromwar.org

http://warwriterscampaign.org

http://warriorwriters.org

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