When you begin writing, just let the words flow without worrying about spelling, grammar, punctuation or editing. Those things can be worked out later, if you like, but getting your thoughts down and exploring ideas come from a different side of the brain than handling the technical details.
Write about the one you lost and the relationship the two of you shared. Write about what you went through and how you feel now. Ask questions on the page. See what answers come to mind. If there are no answers – or none right now – that is okay. That is part of grief. Repeat some of these questions later to notice how your writing changes.
Below are some resources for improving your communication skills, some easy-to-use sites online. If you decide to share your work with others or write articles or longer projects for publication, you will want to take your rough drafts and organize them into a progression of ideas that makes sense. Write about one topic at a time. Or tell your story in chronological order. You may end up with a self-help book manuscript that can help many people. Edit. Revise. Repeat.
Today’s publishing options are many. From online forums or blogs to traditionally published books and magazines, there are always editors looking for new writers. But there are always many new writers looking for editors, too, so the competition is very tough. Still, you may find an outlet for you work. Set up your own website to start a blog where you can share your thoughts. This is easy to do at some of the hosts with intuitive site building editors. My site, for example, is hosted at Weebly.com. For years, I had a free site as a sub-domain of Weebly. Now, my own domain – www.wayforhope.com – still runs on the Weebly site.
Check these resources to review rules of writing in English:
ACTIVITY: Do a little research. Choose one of the websites mentioned above. Cruise through some of the material. Then edit a paragraph or page from your journal as if you were writing for an audience of fellow survivors.
Welcome to Telling Your Story Through Writing!
My name is Jan McDaniel.