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Writing for Bliss is most fundamentally about reflection, truth, and freedom. With techniques and prompts for both the seasoned and novice writer, it will lead you to tap into your creativity through storytelling and poetry, examine how life-changing experiences can inspire writing, pursue self-examination and self-discovery through the written word, and, understand how ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Loving Healing Press (first published July 1st 2017)
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Nat
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, arc
I’ve savored this read for quite a while now, waiting for that moment of inspiration to strike and start my writing process. And I realized that while I was waiting ever so patiently, I might as well start reading about the writing process. Which is where Writing for Bliss steps in. Though some advice was a bit vague to work with it, I still found this book to be a great starting point to get my writing journey on a roll. I especially appreciated the prompts shared at the end of Writing for ...more
Marialuisa Monda
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had been struggling with acute writer's block for years. As it took so long to recover, I thought I was inadequate. I even questioned myself. I questioned if I was a true writer or if I was kidding myself. These thoughts devastated me even more as it felt like a loss. It was like losing a part of myself. But, reading this book, has helped me overcome this. I am writing more than ever. I'm opening myself up to being vulnerable again. I'm still growing my craft and I realize there is no ...more
Rebecca
(3.5) For Diana Raab, writing has been a way of coping with all that life has thrown at her, starting with her grandmother’s suicide and also including her daughter’s drug addiction and two bouts with cancer. She’s written poetry, memoir, and various books on the writer’s craft, with the latest, Writing for Bliss, specifically centered around life writing and mindfulness. In particular, I could see this one being helpful supplementary reading for those who have enjoyed Francine Prose’s Reading ...more
Happy Booker
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Writing for bliss is a psychology self- help book written about ways to heal and deal with trauma and stress, through writing. The author uses this technique in order to tell her story and transforms her life. Writing is therapeutic and she encourages people by supplying them with seven ways on achieving this blissful stage of life.

This, by far is one of the best books I have ever read. It is so organized and well thought out that everyone should have it. From preparing to write, cultivating
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Sinead
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Writing for Bliss is an excellent resource for writers of all styles and levels. Using an easy narrative style Diana brings the process of writing to life using seven steps, reflective of seven stages of personal transformation that lead to ‘bliss’. Writing is therefore approached as a journey of self-discovery, yet in this book you are not alone. Writing prompts, tips and resources abound to lend practical advice for developing as a writer. Also, author stories and writing plans offer ...more
Story Circle Book Reviews
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Diana Raab quotes Joseph Campbell in the preface to Writing for Bliss: "If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living."

In the introduction, Raab points out that "bliss" is "about learning what brings you joy, which is often connected to what you were meant to do with your life—your calling." Another way of following your bliss she says is to "follow your heart or
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Arielle Jagow
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Writing for bliss is an inspirational how-to book that contains a plethora of information about the way writing can transform you and allow you to grow. The author has written multiple memoirs that aided her self-reflection, self-discovery and healing. It is her hope that those going through similar situations can read her novels and learn from her experiences and also grow from them.

The novel includes numerous writing prompts to get your creative mind flowing. After reading only a few pages
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Leila
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I signed up to read and review Writing for Bliss because writing has always been a part of my life.

From my first “published” book in first grade (typed, printed and made into a hard cover in a time when computers were just starting to be a “thing”), I have written.

Notebooks upon notebooks are full of stories, poems, lyrics. Um, hello. I am the proud owner of 4 blogs! I am a writer.

When I started reading Writing for Bliss, I started getting concerned with the Foreword and Acknowledgements. I got
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Devi Laskar
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Diana Raab’s new book, “Writing for Bliss,” is a gem. I’ve been writing for a long time, and yet this book and its seven steps for creating and maintaining a sustainable writing life is great for the seasoned writer as well as the beginner. Chock full of sound advice, focused strategies and terrific writing prompts, I returned to its pages many times and learned something new. The book is infused with stories from the author’s own life as well as wisdom from the classics and the greats including ...more
Ana Paula
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am an attorney and I have a book review blog. However, I can't write... I write and read in English for 70% of my time and the other part is in Portuguese. My English is bad and my Portuguese worse and words are difficult in both languages...

After reading Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab, not only did I discover a wonderful, truthful and sensitive author whose words and stories inspired me, but also found techniques to develop and improve my writing.

After reading this book I want to improve my
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Teresa Kander
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a lifelong writer, I was very excited to read this book. It turned out to be more than I could have imagined. There are writing prompts sprinkled throughout the text, which in themselves are incredibly valuable. But when you add them to the text of the book, it becomes an invaluable resource for writers.

The author uses a narrative style of writing which makes the book easy to read and understand. The seven steps she outlines are easy to follow and make logical sense. The steps are these:
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Laura
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I recommend this book not only for writers and other creatives, but for anyone desiring to know themselves better and looking for connection.
Exeptionally well researched and documented, many of my favorite authors and passages are included.
In an easily readable and well organized style, Diana Raab gives us suggestions and prompts, exercises with which to dig more deeply, with minimal pain, to achieve results that are oh so valuable.
This is a book that will touch each reader individually. What
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Nessa McCasey
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are gems of goodness in this book by Diana Raab. This is a book unlike any other I have read, both about writing and about writing therapy/poetry therapy. It is a great mixture of the two! Her sections are easy to follow (how I adore lists - Seven Steps!) and there were wonderfully useful surprises in several sections: In Step One, the parts that were especially meaningful to me were about grounding (including how to) and the mind, body, spirit connection. I plan to bring these ideas into ...more
Charles Francis
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Diana Raab’s new book, Writing for Bliss, reminds me of a time when I was young. I wrote out my entire life history of meaningful events, and shared them with another person. The process helped me put things into better perspective, as opposed to just having the painful memories floating around in my head taking jabs at my emotions. What a liberating experience it was. I was able to leave my past where it belonged—in the past.

Dr. Raab offers you a blueprint for transforming your life through
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Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To anyone currently writing their memoir or longing to begin their memoir, I highly recommend Writing for Bliss. I enjoy Diana's step by step process that starts with the foundational elements that can improve and encourage writing, such as setting up your space, meditation, mindfulness and discovering why you want to write a memoir - is it for healing, transformation, therapy or just bliss? As someone knee deep in the creation of her memoir, I enjoyed her section on finding your authentic voice ...more
Amy Shannon
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simply Blissful

As I writer, I enjoyed reading this book. As a reviewer, I really enjoyed reading this work. If you are a writer or want to be one, this book should be read. It's about inspiration and being inspiring. It leads the writer to the point in their mind that can unleash creativity, something that is not always easy. Any writer knows that there are days the words flow freely, and other times, the words can be stunted. This book will stay on my shelf as a point of reference.
Emily-Jane Orford
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do you have a story to tell? Is it about your life? A family story? Don’t know where to begin? There are a wealth of resources out there to help you get started, both in the form of actual courses (online and live), articles and, of course, books (print and ebooks). These resources will give you so much information that you will be even more confused and it might scare you off the actual joy of writing your story or stories. There is one book that would be a good resource to begin your writing ...more
Ravneet Kaur
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab is about "reflection, truth, and freedom." The book is divided into seven sections and it guides you through the whole process of writing from preparing to write to sharing it. Each section dwells deep into the writing process and offers various insights. It also delineates various kinds and mediums of writing. I have read quite a lot of books, websites, and other resources but this one definitely stands out for the following reasons
The author provides an amazing
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Toni Gomez
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Review by Toni - Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab, Ph.D
Review and giveaway (see end of review for details)



I had no idea that I would love and feel this book so much. I thought it would be like so many other "how to guides." I also had no idea of the connections I would find in reading this book. I have been journaling since I was very young and I have journaled and written stories and poetry all my life. I will try to write a sensible review and try not to just gush all over the "page."

My
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Sarah
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had the great privilege of receiving this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I've been toying with the idea of writing a story, and I just am not sure if it is something I want to do. I was hoping this book would help me make up my mind. I know...I put a lot of pressure on this book.

When reading the introduction to "Writing for Bliss", I was nervous, because the author seemed to have been an avid journal-writer for most of her life. I have not touched journaling since I was a teenager. I was
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Linda
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Writing for Bliss is a beautiful book which gently pushes the recalcitrant writer towards actually putting pen to paper. Raab peels away all possible objections and excuses by helping the reader examine their innermost fears and feelings through a series of writing prompts which are all quite challenging to complete whilst offering an insight into your own psyche. It may take courage, she suggests, to deal with what you find there.

This is, on the one hand, a book about writing to find yourself
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Rebecca
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always wanted to be a writer and I’ve finally got to do my dream job. Whilst I still haven’t written the novel I’m desperate to write, I’m slowly getting there and this book is a great book for both the seasoned or novice writer.

This book really helped me to listen to myself and to be aware of my feelings. Not only is it fantastic at helping you discover who you are but the book gives you a variety of prompts to help you.

This book is also a great collection of memories from Raab’s own life
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Mia
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am IN LOVE with this book. I don't have enough amazing words to describe the impact it had on me. Every single page held some nugget of wisdom where I nodded my head along with it, or teared up, or smiled. If you have any interest in telling your own story - in whatever form that takes - you have to read this!

I was intrigued by this book from the moment I read the blurb. Telling my own story has been something I've tried to pursue in some fashion for many years. From writing poetry, personal
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Richelle
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have in my hand one of the most brilliantly thought out and written jems of writing! I am going to treasure this work of art for a very long time.

As I read this I felt like I was reading a journel writen by Diana Raab. It covers so much I am impressed. Take a look at some of the content you will devour as you read this:

She starts with an introduction talking a writing and bliss, the theapy, healing and transformation you will find in writing. Then she takes you on a journey through...
preparing
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Elizabeth Towns
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is literally a road map for therapeutic healing through writing, but it is also a great development tool for writers in general. The purpose for writing is not as important as the journey, and Diana Raab has outlined the steps to free any writer to move along that journey. I have been stuck in many of the phases of this journey, and just reading through these steps has offered me genuine movement. Setting up the space for writing, and especially realizing I don't need permission to ...more
E.C. Murray
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
With the beautifully composed Writing for your Bliss, we can deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us through writing. How often, when our soul is aching, do we find solace in writing? Dianna Raab’s well-researched, Writing for Your Bliss, reminds us that writing can bring healing and transformation while moving us towards our joy. She gives us exercises, examples, and prompts to lead us to self-discovery. But what kind of writing helps us reach our heartfelt goals? Raab ...more
Nicki Conroy
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Diana Raab grew up writing. A journal was her mother's way of helping her cope with her grandmother's death/suicide early in her life. From that point on, Raab wrote to see what was going on in her life.

I love writing but have never thought my life was worthy of a memoir. After reading the Raab's Writing for Bliss, I think everyone's life is worthy of a memoir and I may start working on mine. Raab has prompts - tons of prompts - in this book that would be wonderful for the novice writer. They
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Cpryor
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have always enjoyed reading and writing, but have had problems putting my words to paper at time. What I needed was just a little nudge and Writing for Bliss gave me that nudge. The book contains seven chapters, each of which gives you a way to connect with yourself and write for the joy of it. I loved the writing prompts that were in each chapter and they really started my mind thinking about short stories and life experiences that I could write about. You might not think that you have an the ...more
Joseph Santiago
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I enjoy a well written book about the experience and journey of writing as a craft. This book did not let me down. It offered exercises, advice, prompts, and technique adjustments made this book akin to a personal writers retreat. I liked that the book had an emphasis on the experience of writing as a transformative process. This was a good read.

Mr Joe
Kelly Pati
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this audiobook so much! It's full of good information and practical tips that are easy to put to use. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in writing. I found myself taking tons of notes. I will be recommending it to my friends!

This audiobook was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
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Diana Raab is an award-winning memoirist, poet, essayist, speaker and workshop facilitator focusing on the transformative and healing aspects of personal writing. She teaches workshops nationwide and frequently writes on the transformative powers of writing.

She is the author of 8 books and over 500 articles and poems. She blogs for Psychology Today, PsychAlive, The Huffington Post, Boomer Cafe
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