We start when we are very young, forming letters laboriously, guided by the practice papers with their dashed and solid lines confining the lower-case letters. In time we get neater, learn grammar and spelling and expand our vocabulary. Don't we all write? Journals, letters, poems, stories "» something? We write all our lives, but don't often think about it. Have You Heard visited the Medford Library to ask women, "What are you writing now?"
I began writing for class assignments, and I enjoyed the research. It helped me learn about the subject. It was hard finding the words to express what I wanted to say, but that helped my vocabulary. I've never journaled because it seems so personal. I don't want the words to be on paper.
From a therapeutic standpoint, I've used journaling, not necessarily to document my experience, but to get thoughts down so I can progress to the next set of thoughts. Our minds are crowded, and for me writing clears the way. I used to write poetry as a child, and that book was published. Now I write stories on my days off. It's a form of expression. I've been working on a longer project, too.
I keep a little journal. It includes the weather and the time of day and where I go. I also write letters to my stepmother's family in Canada. I do enjoy it sometimes.
In my medical job, we have to write everything down, because we aren't computerized yet. I believe letter writing is becoming a lost art, like storytelling, because people aren't doing it much anymore. My mom purposely writes me a letter because she knows I get mostly bills. There is a purposeful nature to writing a letter. I sit with a cup of coffee to write to my aunt. It's like journaling then.
I enjoyed writing poetry as a younger woman. I don't write poetry any longer, but I enjoy going back and reading them. It's like a mini history. When I travel, I take extensive notes, then I write the experience for my sister, who doesn't travel much. We moved away from my family when my youngest daughter was age 7, and she said she didn't remember her grandparents. So, I sat down and wrote my memories of my family and grandparents in Michigan.
I'm actually writing a book right now. It's about a new paradigm of success and tapping the inner feeling of joy and fulfillment regardless of outer world circumstances. It's easier to create the outer circumstances when you are in touch with that joy. I hope to have it finished by the end of the summer.
I write poetry. It pops up in my head, and I write it. When I draw pictures, I'll often write a poem about it. The poetry is kind of like a journal when I write every day. I'm also writing a family history. It's made me dig into a lot of things.
I use e-mail. I keep in touch with family and close friends that way. It's easier for me.