How to write a healing story

by Anonymous

A story to heal a family.

I have to remain anonymous.

I have an alcoholic husband and two young sons. It has been hard on my sons, and scary.

Something has happened, and now my husband is going to be out of the picture for a long time. My sons are with their grandmother, but only for a little while longer.

I haven't seen them since the thing that happened.

I believe with all my heart that stories can heal, and I want to be able to tell my sons a story when I finally get to see them. It should be something they can relate to after their experience.

So you see, it's not about getting published for me; it's just about being able to tell a story that I hope will offer comfort.

Any help (and prayers) are appreciated.

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healing stories
by: Steve B. (webmaster)

Welcome. Thanks for sharing. My thoughts are with you.

The first thing I want to draw your attention to is the fact that there are healing stories in print on this subject that you may find of use or inspiration. Visit my children's books about alcoholism page and see if any fit the bill.

As to writing your own healing story, here are some thoughts.

Define your ending, then define your beginning. Then figure out how to tell a story that gets from your beginning to your ending.

Here's what I mean...

Think about what you're hoping to convey to your sons. If it's about pulling together, you might want to write a story that ends with the child characters helping each other. Since a story is essentially a character's journey, that story would probably begin with the child characters at odds.

If Dad has been terrorizing your kids, maybe the characters in your story take comfort at the end from knowing that Dad is going to be away for a long time. If, on the other hand, the kids desperately want to see Dad, maybe the ending is about making spiritual contact or looking forward to Visiting Day, if that's something that will be part of their future.

What bridges your beginning to your end is the story's middle. That's where the feelings your children can relate to are explored, where experiences like ones your children experienced are depicted.

Don't be in a hurry to get to your healing ending. What makes a story healing are the struggles that preceded it. Story middles are where a situation's awfulness is explored.

Make sure the kids in the story learn from experience and that they have a hand in the eventual outcome. A big part of the healing power of stories is the extent to which they empower.

One bit of clarification about the story's beginning. A story's very beginning, (the Once Upon a Time part), depicts life as it was before it got awful. "Once upon a time, there was a Mommy and a Daddy who loved their sons very much."

But then something happens. That's the thing that kicks the unpleasantness into motion. "The Daddy had a problem though, and it got worse and worse. Even though he loved his family..."

So write a drama that takes you from something happens TO your healing, hopeful ending, and make sure the characters make choices that result in the upbeat outcome. Chances are that you'll have a story that will help your boys heal.

I hope that helps. Best wishes for your family's future.


Your story moved us
by: The Bailey Family

You will be in our prayers tonight.

Your healing help
by: Jean

Baileys, thank you. I've added my first name in case you're moved to include me in your prayers again.

Steve, thank you too. I feel like I have a better understanding on how to get started now.

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