“I am participating in the Writing Contest: How Writing Has Positively Influenced My Life. Hosted by Positive Writer.”
You REAP What you SOW
This may sound extreme. Writing was my footprints in the sand even when I was unable to leave footprints. I started venting on paper when I was a teen and haven’t stopped yet. Writing carried me through the time of my late husbands death and the aftermath of grief and loss. Writing carried me through the rough times in life.
There are three filing cabinets full of journals. Even when I had a three-month love affair I wrote all through it. Journaling has helped me more than I can say. I write to express gratitude and I write to soothe myself. I write to solve problems and to empower me in relationships. I reap what I sow. It gives me control in situations I find I have none.
Four years ago a dream like experience of hearing bird song could have fallen into nothingness but instead empowered me to write my first children’s picture book, Annie’s Special Day. On my sick-bed I captured it in my journal. You reap what you sow.
Now I am in the process of making that private writing public in a memoir. A place where all my journaling will be turned into something palatable for readers. Yes, I reap what I sow. Writing has definitely been a positive experience for me, giving me two picture books, three stories in anthologies and now a first rough draft on my memoir. I even journaled all through the first draft showing how I did it so now I can go back and do it again for the second memoir. You, too, can reap what you sow.
Starting a journal or diary is as easy as writing for five minutes a day on any
subject you choose. It is best when starting a new habit to do it when you are rested. Some people say they are most creative in the morning and feel they can write better then. Or just start now in expressing how you would like to write a journal. Just jot down a few notes. Make it easy and fun for yourself. Do this for a week and then go back and read it. You will find clarity of thought. You will reap what you sow.
Enter this exciting contest from Bryan Hutchinson on how writing has positively influenced your life. http://positivewriter.com/writing-contest-how-writing-has-positively-influenced-my-life/