The Norwich woman writing her woes away
PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 May 2016
Margaret Johnson found the best way to recover from her relationship break-up was to write away the woes.
After getting over what she described as “a tidal wave of grief” and moving to Norwich following the break-up, she created a workbook.
Ms Johnson said she found therapy writing down her experiences and used it as a way to express pain instead of burdening her friends and family.
She said the experience as “enormously cathartic”.
Her book, The Four Seasons of Breakupvia – A Workbook for Recovery from Relationship Break-Up, likens the stages of recovery to the four seasons of the year.
And it offers the reader do-it-yourself tasks to help them on the path to recovery.
Ms Johnson said: “Most self-help books are just about reading and reflecting, but I didn’t want mine to be like that.
“I wanted it to be a really practical resource, something that would keep you busy – it’s designed to help the user to accept what’s happened to them.”
Writing was only ever meant to be a pastime but Ms Johnson has made a career from women’s fiction novels.
“I was able to use my experience in my work and I think my characters’ experiences were more believable,” she added.
A workshop on the book is taking place at Norwich Wellbeing Centre on June 18.