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Member Spotlight: Frances Southwick

Why is writing important to you and why do you think it’s an important medium for the world? Writing allows me to communicate. Typing and scribing flow much more easily for me than speaking. Writing also allows me to transform pain into progress. When I write about my difficult experiences in an authentic and absorbable way, readers can benefit, empathize, and grow faster than I was able.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer’s block? I sit down with my sketchbook and favorite pen, and it just comes out, like talking to a good friend. If that doesn’t work, I remind myself of my previous writing teacher’s theory that writer’s block is not a thing.

What is your favorite time to write? On a weekend morning at a coffee shop, when I have a completely free day. That happens about once a year! Ha.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received and would like to impart to other writers? What I know, think, and remember is all mine. I can use that in any manner I wish.

What excites you most about being a writer in today’s age? I just published a book about trauma, a topic gaining momentum. I’m excited, grateful, and humbled to be a voice in the conversation.

Frances Southwick’s Prognosis: Fair: A Trauma Case Study for Clinicians is out now with BookBaby.