Finding Your Journaling Voice

A Guest Post by Debra DiPietro

gorbould“I don’t know what to write about… is there a voice lost-and-found box somewhere?”

People who know I have a blog and love to write have been coming to me recently with this question: “Debra, I know I want to start a blog. I want to write. I just don’t know what to write about”.

Hmmm…. My simple answer is to just write and see what comes out. This is where our journals come in very handy. In our journals, we can do just that: write. There is no need to pre-judge, edit, or have any kind of agenda. We are writing for ourselves and our desire to express ourselves.

The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium. ~ Norbet Platt

Before anybody wants to start a blog, I would recommend doing some writing in a journal first. After we begin to journal for a while, three simple truths begin to surface from the scribbling on the pages …

1. We get a better understanding of the things that really matter to us.
2. We become better storytellers.
3. Most importantly, we discover that we have something to say!

When we know we have something to say and it is up to our unique voice to say it and get it out there… that’s when the magic and fun really begins… that’s when it is time to start that blog, write that book, or book that speaking gig.

When our alleged “lost” voice is “found” we sit up straighter, walk a little more confidently, know our boundaries better, and what we are here to do (that purpose thing is quite important it turns out).

I am not a believer in lengthy articles so I will stop here. You have some writing to do now, don’t you?

“Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.” ~ Sharon O’Brien


Debra DiPietroDebra DiPietro is a writer who is happily using her voice on her health and wellness site: The Warm Milk Journal. When she is not writing or doing her day job as a social media specialist you may find her walking on the beach dreaming up her next poem, blog post, or journal entry …

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