When it comes to telling a story about ourselves, especially if the story is emotional, or it happened a long time ago, we may skip over the most important parts. We may even wander off topic. It is human nature to avoid pain, but that does not serve us here. Here are some tips that may help you.

Use “I” statements: Speak in the first person as in, “When I was three years-old, I was taken away and…”
Tell us your feelings: Your feelings then and now may be the most important part of your story. Don’t leave them out as in, “I felt…” “I feel…”
Tell us a little about yourself: Your sex, age, race, and religion. Where you were born, where you are living now. Readers want to know your background.

Some Feeling Words You May Want To Use.
Humiliated Sad Abandoned Scared
Ashamed Terror Neglected Violated
Embarassed Abused Alone Lied to
Angry Powerless Unimportant Cheated

Besides the facts and feelings surrounding your cutting, you may also want to include how being cut has effected your life, relationships, beliefs, body image, and sexuality. Your story will probably include Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How did you feel?

Here is a simple template you can use:

  • Who are you?
  • What happened?
  • What did you feel?
  • What were the consequences then and now?

Ranting on blogs is commonplace today, but take a moment and think about what you are writing. Remember, once it is out there, it can be seen by many and crawled by search engines; and taking things back is harder once it is public. Take a moment to read what you’ve written before hitting the Save button. When you are ready, share it with the world.

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