“Healing The Writer” is a memoir that reads like a compelling mystery story. Why did Dan Hays walk away from publication not once, but twice? What was the cause of the writer’s block he struggled with for many years?
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked his grandmother.
“I want to be a famous writer,” said the 8 year old.
“Oh no, you don’t want to do that.”
“Why not?” He asked, puzzled.
“Because they’ll call you crazy and lock you up.”
In 2003, Dan remembered that when he was eight, his grandmother threatened to have him locked up in an insane asylum if he became a writer. She reinforced her prediction in hideous and abusive ways, which was the second source of his PTSD, and the origin of the writer’s block which had frustrated him for years.
“Healing the Writer – A Personal Account of Overcoming PTSD,” Dan’s second published book, describes the specifics of the process he went through to free himself from the abuse by his grandmother. He used any healing techniques which might help, including therapy, acupuncture, the release of old feelings, inner child exercises and other healing tools. The book describes how his healing journey freed him to reclaim his writing gift – he can now write whenever he wants to, he is publishing his books, and earns a living as a freelance writer.