Praise for Writing for Bliss:

This is an excellent book that is very readable, instructive, inspiring and healing. The author Diana Raab, PhD has vast experience writing and teaching others how to write memoirs, journals, books and poems. She has a Masters degree in Arts and a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology. The book is easy to read and can be enjoyed by lay and professional audiences alike. Raab has the rare ability to alternate comfortably between personal sharing, educational instruction and scholarly references and quotes in a way that can catalyze healing, wholeness, growth, insight, well-being and potentially life transformation. …

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~PHILIP FRIEDMAN, PhD, Director of the Foundation for Well-Being

“Poet and memoirist Raab (Lust) credits her lifelong love of writing and its therapeutic effects with inspiring her to write this thoughtful and detailed primer that targets pretty much anyone interested in writing a memoir. Most compelling here is Raab’s willingness to share her intimate stories (e.g., the loss of a relative, ongoing struggles with cancer, a difficult relationship with her mother). Her revelations are encouraging …

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Writing for Bliss is about the profound ways in which we may be transformed in and through the act of writing. I am grateful to Diana Raab for sharing it, and I trust that you will feel the same as you read on. May you savor the journey.”

~from the foreword by MARK FREEMAN, PhD

“Part writing guide, part memoir, and part love letter to the craft of writing, Diana Raab’s Writing for Bliss is a caring and motivational guide. Raab’s love of words and her belief in the power of story shine through.A lifelong writer, psychologist, and cancer survivor, Raab pours all of her experiences and background into this slim book, advocating for the healing powers of writing. Exploring everything from mindful breathing and meditation to personal transformation through poetry and journaling, this is a guide on how to live a more fulfilling life….

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“By listening to ourselves and what we are saying and feeling the true story of our life’s past experience is revealed. Diana Raab’s book gives us the insights by which we can achieve this through her life coaching wisdom and our writing…” 

~BERNIE SIEGEL, MD, author of The Art of Healing and 365 Prescriptions For The Soul

“This, by far is one of the best books I have ever read. It is so organized and well thought out that everyone should have it. From preparing to write, cultivating self-awareness and speaking the truth, to finding your form and sharing your writing, the author displays a rich and well-worth learning experience for a writer….

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“… for those who hope to use writing as a way to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, Raab offers a uniquely helpful approach. A worthy, practical guide for the aspiring memoirist.” An experienced author shares how to gain a better understanding of oneself in a book that’s part self-help tome, part writing manual…

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“The power of storytelling and it’s ability to transform one’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being are expertly presented in this inspirational guide that navigates the reader on a creative journey toward self-discovery.” 


“Diana Raab is an award-winning memoirist, poet, blogger, workshop leader and speaker. In Writing for Bliss she draws upon her years of experience and expertise to provide aspiring writers with techniques and prompts for that will lead even the most novice writers to tap into their creativity through storytelling and poetry. Writing for Bliss also examines how life-changing experiences can inspire writing, pursue self-examination and self-discovery …

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“Dr. Raab offers you a blueprint for transforming your life through writing. Her insightful book is full of great writing prompts to help you gain clarity of past events in your life, and the emotions associated with them. Writing for Bliss takes transformation through writing to another level. It will help you remove the thorns in your psyche, so you can free yourself from the bondage of your past, and realize true inner peace and happiness. I highly recommend her new book!”

~CHARLES A. FRANCIS, Cofounder and Director of the Mindfulness Meditation Institute

Writing for Bliss brims with the truths of Raab’s life, as well as that of other established and beloved authors and philosophers. Writing for Bliss is far more than a “how-to-manual,” it enlightens the creative process with wisdom and a delightful sense of adventure. Bravo to Bliss!”

~LINDA GRAY SEXTON, author of Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton and Bespotted: My Family’s Love Affair With Thirty-Eight Dalmations

Writing for Bliss is a wonderfully warm, generous and inspiring book on the transformative powers of writing in our daily lives. Only a talented writer who has fought hard to overcome life’s many obstacles could take her readers by the hand and lead them through the writing process with such enormous compassion, amazing insight, and kindness. Diana Raab is a powerful, wise, intelligent guide well worth our following.”

~JAMES BROWN, author of The Los Angeles Diaries and The River

“In Writing for Bliss, Diana Raab reminds us to begin every page with an open mind, a curious heart, and fresh eyes. The prompts are thoughtful, stimulating, and a valuable resource for any writer’s mental health and spiritual growth.”

~DINTY W. MOORE, author of The Mindful Writer

“With the help of this indispensable guide to therapeutic writing, you’ll understand yourself better and be able to deal with various challenges in your life, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, loss of loved ones, diseases, and life transitions.A personal narrative can truly have healing and transformative powers. In her inspirational new book, Writing for Bliss, Diana Raab, PhD, examines how life-changing experiences can inspire you to write a compelling narrative of your life….

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“Engrossing techniques for reflective writing and self-expression, with the aim of bringing about growth and personal transformation through telling your own life story. Suitable for both experienced and emerging writers, students and academics.”


“Diana Raab describes my writing process to the tee. She nails it. All that we write is us, the universal experience of life comes from the specific details we explore in our own lives. The disturbances we observe and the sense we make of things become the stories we tell, which, in turn, become the catharsis we need to live from one day to the next….

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~STEPHEN A. SCHWARTZ, L.A. Times bestselling author of Boulevard and Beat

“Uniquely blending inspiring insights with practical advice, Diana guides you on a path to discover the story that is truly inside you and yearning to be told.”

~PATRICK SWEENEY, coauthor of the New York Times Bestseller Succeed on Your Own Terms

Writing for Bliss is jammed with examples (personal and from other authors), tips, a plethora of writing prompts, and a chock full list of books for further reading. Raab’s ability to reach out and tenderly touch her audience is nothing less than awe-inspiring.“There are many reasons why people become writers, and their reasons are all valid. In Diana Raab’s case, she began journaling as a source of healing—a way to express her feelings after the only grandmother who she knew (as well as her long-time caretaker) committed suicide….

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Writing for Bliss brings to an aspiring author everything necessary to accomplish a finished book. Raab’s detailed instruction includes her own journey from  journaling in childhood to completed published works.  She shares a look into her ‘warrior-self’, and how to use prompts to write from an inner point of view—the transpersonal-self.”

~BARBARA SINOR, PhD, author of Finding Destiny and The Pact: Messages from the Other Side

“Diana Raab keeps simple and yet profound in this persuasive book about why and how writing can heal us and lead to transformation in our lives. For anyone who has ever wanted to write a story, poem, memoir, or create a blog, journal or spiritual writing practice, Raab gives you powerful tools to untie your knots, open your heart, and find more happiness. This wonderful book is for everyone, beginning and seasoned writers alike will be inspired to write with more authenticity, joy, and truth.”

~JULIE GOHMAN, PhD, author of 10 Sacred Questions for Every Woman and
10 Sacred Questions for Every Mother

“Diana Raab’s life, philosophy and academic preparation combine in this volume to guide readers into understanding themselves and the writing process. Her words will guide you to your own discoveries, both spiritual and practical and allow bliss to become a significant aspect of your life. As a sister survivor of cancer at City of Hope, our lives, our teachings, and our writings are forever intertwined.”

 ~JULIE DAVEY, Author of Writing for Wellness: A Prescription for Healing

“Diana Raab’s promise of bliss is no exaggeration. Take her wisdom. Follow her advice. They indeed lead to success no matter the creative bonnet you have donned today. And, yes, Bliss.”

~CAROLYN HOWARD-JOHNSON, poet fiction writer, and book marketer

“This is a very useful resource, one that writers of all genres will return to frequently.”

                                                                                       ~READERS FAVORITE

“I have read quite a lot of books, websites, and other resources, but this one definitely stands out…The book provides abundant writing tips to the novice as well as seasoned writers. In a nutshell, pick up this book if you are looking for some inspiration to write.”


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Excerpts from Writing for Bliss:

Writing and Bliss
Well Being Journal. September/October 2017

Writing as Therapy
Creativity Portal. September 4, 2017

Are you a Seeker?
How to Tell & Tap the Transformative Power of Writing
(excerpt from Writing for Bliss)
Yoga Journal online. September 1, 2017

Writing Poetry for Beginners
Women Writers, Women’s Books. September 1, 2017