Writing can transform any pen into a magic wand, which is able to turn evil into good.
FULVIO FIORI – Le parole che fanno bene (Healing Words)
“Writing can transform any pen into a magic wand, which is able to turn evil into good.” This is the core idea of Fulvio Fiori’s last book, Le parole che fanno bene (Healing Words), in which the author analyses a way to get over one’s mental and physical problems thanks to a method he calls bioscrittura (biowriting).
In an interview for Repubblica, he explains how emotions affect the body, and then the mind, which is the motor of all thoughts, both negative and positive. “Writing is a gift which allows you to put an order to your thoughts and emotions, word by word”: in this way, your problems are shaped, “black on white”, and it is easier to focus on them.
Three figures are central to Fiori’s method:
• the notebook, it is essential to write down a negative emotion as soon as you feel it;
• the siege, which consists in putting positive words all around the negative one, in a sort of siege of negativity;
• the vortex, in which the positive words move from the negative centre to form a spiral around the negative.
In this way, you can visually escape the problem, and this also helps you to find a new point of view. Moreover, retelling a story is essential to change your way to cope with it.
Le parole che fanno bene (Healing Words) is then an interesting analysis of the importance of writing, of focusing on translating bad thoughts into words, and of finding a new rewording of the problem in order to help yourself overcome it.
Intern, Limerick Writers’ Centre
12 Barrington Street, Limerick, Ireland