I started writing when I was a teenager when my English class teacher gave us the assignment of writing in a journal. At first, I really did not want to write in a journal. I mean, what am I supposed to say to myself? I mean, if I am writing for an audience of one, me, then what am I supposed to say other than what I already know?!
I quickly overcame this hurdle, however, when I became furious at my parents for some injustice (I have no idea what it was now). I bled all over my journal telling them all the horrible teenager things I wanted them to know without getting into further “trouble.” I slammed my notebook shut and stuck it in a secret hiding place, deciding I felt better. Funny, but when I couldn’t get a reaction from my parents because of my livid accusations, I decided that journaling my fury didn’t have much of a payoff. I changed my mind rather quickly about that sort of journaling.
But, what it did do is spark the clear-cut reason as to why I should journal. Writing had taken root in my heart.
I have journaled my way through life’s ups and downs.
All of the events in life that bring pain and sorrow, which cleanse our hearts and make them whole.
Penning my words into a notebook has given me a cathartic release over the years and helped me to solve life’s most pressing problems.
So, I wrote and I continue to write.
There is always hope, and in hope there is the birth of a miracle. Writing helps some of us to get to that point.
Journals are a first step into writing.
You have probably heard this before, and it is true. If you know you want to be a writer and write, but you don’t know where to start, journaling may tell you where. While I wouldn’t recommend (I learned this the hard way) journaling on a blog, blogging is another great way to help you gain your voice. Your writing may stink. Your writing may need better direction, but sometimes, you just have to jump in and do it. Trust me, you will improve over time.
Choose your mode of writing, whether it is a simple notebook or a pretty journal you picked up at the card store, it is a beginning. You can also write in programs like Word, or the freeware version, Open Office. Or, you can simply choose an app for your tablet and write on this, if you are like me and need to cozy up in a comfy chair and write your heart.