I sat at my desk and decided to take the words out of my head and transfer them to paper. As a writer I knew that was the beginning. What would I write about? Better yet, what do I have to say that would be of interest to anyone but me? I read somewhere (more words) that if I am interested in something, more than likely someone else is too. That thought helped me find my voice. As I began my journey to become a writer, I realized that the world is made up of words. Everything around us is connected to a word. I began to hear the words in music. I began to see the words in sales papers. I began to see my words on the computer monitor.
I’m currently reading “Writing to Change the Word” by Mary Pipher. According to Ms. Pipher, “words are the most powerful tools at our disposal. With them, writers have saved lives and taken them, brought justice and confounded it, raised armies, started wars and ended them. Writers can change minds, alter the way people think, transform our definitions of right and wrong.”
The power in words is amazing. The more we read and write, the closer we’ll come to finding our voice, and perhaps changing the world. What are you passionate about? What concerns you in your everyday walk through life?
The passion I have to share with other parents about life with my son who has Autism is driving one of my voices. Did you know that April is Autism Awareness month? There is so much for the world to discover and understand about the spectrum of Autism. Even children who do not have the disease need to be aware of how to socialize with their peers who do. Better informed students will help teachers have better managed classrooms. Please visit http://www.autismspeaks.org/ to learn more.
As I continue to toss words around and observe the world around me, I look forward to stretching my voice. How did you find your voice? Are you on the journey to discovering your passions? Please share with us, we would love to know.