My Bibliotherapy Book Project! Would You Like to Get Involved?

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Since the start of my university summer holidays, roughly two months ago, I’ve been working on a book draft. I’ve always wanted to do this, but I’ve only recently thought that the basis of my blog could be a viable topic for a book.

I’m currently working on a draft that is based on my own experience of using literature as a healing tool, but it is largely aimed at helping others though certain situations and feelings. The process has been very enjoyable so far!

I’ve sent a proposal to a few literary agents, although I know how incredibly difficult it can be to find representation. Therefore, I’m staying open to the idea of publishing it as an ebook.

I’d like the book to be an accessible guide to bibliotherapy, and it will start with chapters for various situations and feelings. For instance, “Be Not Afeard, or Anxiety” and “Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood, or Choices” (literary titles were inevitable).

Each chapter will contain various literary prescriptions, complete with elaborations on certain texts and my own opinions on them. I’ll also include my experience of therapy and other ways of assisting bibliotherapy for more serious issues.

I’ll also include a “Literary Toolkit” in which I’ll discuss the positive impact of various literary techniques and habits on a reader’s wellbeing. Various charts, lists and guides will also be included to help a reader find themselves the perfect book for their feelings.

I’d really like to include some of your own experiences in the project, and it would mean so much if any of you got in touch. This can certainly be done anonymously (my contact form is best for this), or I can reference you and your blog (if you have one). See below for more ways to get in touch.

What I’d really like to hear from you about your experience of bibliotherapy is:

  • What difficult situation you were in, or what feelings you were facing 
  • How you came across the book (ideally fictional) that helped you
  • How the book helped you (i.e. mood, feelings towards the future or your situation, acceptance). I’m especially interested in fiction that helped you with finding meaning, anxiety, depression, trauma, knowing yourself, fearing death, choices, knowing right from wrong, solitude and growing up. By all means get in touch if your experience doesn’t fit a category, however. 
  • How you feel about your reading experience in hindsight.
If you think you have something to share, please get in touch! This can be done via the contact form (entries go straight to my email), a comment below this post (you can choose not to give your name), or by email (lucy[at]tolstoytherapy.com). I promise not to discriminate, judge, or give away your identity if you don’t want me to. I will always ask before using a reader’s story, and I’ll certainly let you know if I choose to publish anything. 
Best wishes, and thank you all for helping me get to this exciting stage of my blog!

Lucy
It's good to meet you! I started Tolstoy Therapy back in 2012 to share my healing journey through anxiety and PTSD with books. I also climb mountains, go on solo adventures, and write over at livewildly.co.