The Woman Warrior Writing by Diana Raab, PhD


The Woman Warrior by Diana Raab, PhD

Since an early age, writing has been my panacea when moving through challenging times. My passion began during my childhood when my mother gave me a Khalil Gibran journal to help me cope with the loss of my grandmother and caretaker who died in my childhood home. Since then I have used writing to help me heal. My mission is now to share my passion and teach others to do the same.

After journaling during my turbulent adolescence, I again turned to journaling when on bed rest with my three children. Years later at the age of forty-seven when diagnosed with breast cancer, I again turned to journaling, which eventually evolved into my second memoir, Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Story, and my hope was to help others navigating similar journeys.


The culmination of my life’s passion for writing, was the release of my latest book, Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life. I’m excited that Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal will be released in January 2019.


Here are some ways to kick-start your writing practice for the holidays:

  • Find a quiet uninterrupted time and place to write
  • Choose an inspiring notebook and pen
  • Use a centering ritual (light a candle, play music, meditate, stretch)
  • Take a deep breath
  • Put aside your inner critic
  • Date your entry
  • Begin by writing your feelings and sensations
  • Write nonstop, starting with 15-20 minutes at a time
  • Save all that you’ve written
  • Schedule regular writing time

Written by Diana Raab

Author Bio:

Diana Raab, MFA, PhD, is a memoirist, poet, blogger, and award-winning author of nine books and 1000 articles/poems. She blogs for Psychology Today, and Thrive Global. Her latest book: Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Program for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life. She frequently speaks on writing for transformation. Visit:

Written by Diana Raab


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