Heal (or heel – but I’m choosing heal).
How interesting that Linda would choose this word. I feel it is the perfect thing for me to write about in Stream of Consciousness.
When I saw the prompt for this week, I knew immediately what I would be writing about.
Healing is a major theme that runs through my fiction writing. It’s a big deal to me. It’s especially important to my characters.
Kaedyn and Emma – and even Samantha – live through some difficult stuff. Lily is facing challenges unlike anything my other characters have seen. As you read their accounts of events, you realize the internal damage that is done when a person faces abuse – any kind of abuse – or lives through certain types of trauma.
As you progress through their stories, you probably wonder something along the lines of “how will she ever get over this??”
The truth is – and I hope Kaedyn and Emma, and soon Lily and others, help readers understand – survivors of trauma don’t just “get over it.” The effects of abuse and other types of trauma are forever.
This is where healing comes into play and is so important for my characters.
It’s the reason I write what I write.
Kaedyn and Emma and everyone else all come to a point where they begin to heal from the things that have happened to them. But healing isn’t something that happens in a day or a week or even a year. Healing is a life-long process. Healing happens continually over time, in small bursts, in moments of realization, in the support of friends and family, and yes sometimes even in grandly sweeping breakthroughs. But it does happen.
Healing IS possible.
And that’s what I hope Kaedyn and Emma and Lily and everyone who comes behind them are able to show the world and help other survivors of trauma realize. You have a voice, you are not alone, and healing is ALWAYS possible.
This was written for Linda G. Hill’s weekly SoCS challenge.
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