I was fifteen, neither a child, not an adult in limbo-land. Part of me still wanting to play with Fuzzy Felts and Etch a Sketch and the other part, immersed in Rimmel Twilight Teaser Lipstick, jumper dresses and heels I couldn’t walk in. Crimped hair, Duran, Duran and ‘Adam Ant’ were calling me. As for boys, they were still stinky and yucky and yet there was a curiosity building.
My wake-up call to falling in love with writing freely from my heart was in secondary school when ‘Mr Howard’, the English Teacher at Sutton West set a homework essay to write on the topic” My Family.” This writing project was BANG on time, and I couldn’t wait to spew the contents of my heart. My parents were getting a DIVORCE. I had no idea what a DIVORCE was though it is sure as hell worse than LEARNING THE ALPHABET!
Growing up was a confusing time for me. All that I had known had become unknown. I felt like a zombie, staggering about in a stunned daze.
I didn’t tell a soul about how I was feeling. Instead, I wrote pages and pages about My Family. Pen and paper became my trusted friend. Communicating in a new way without fear of judgement, blame or upsetting either parent, I wrote out my deepest hurts and fears.
I knew in that turning point moment, swinging on my wonky chair by the window in the English hut, 5B my life would never be the same because I’d fallen in love with writing. Writing truthfully about my heartfelt experiences was then and still is now totally freeing.
As a result of this life-changing poop storm, homework of the essay kind took on a new meaning and my writing ability improved prolifically. Not writing for reward or recognition, purely to release emotional pain, it was an unexpected bonus to receive A’s in red pen for my English work.
I nearly kissed Mr Howard for introducing me to ‘writing from my heart’, but he had an orange beard with some of his lunch attached and the overwhelming stale smell, I rapidly reigned in that idea. The man was a genius, a master in the making; he knew the power of words and how they can change lives. I am genuinely grateful for that day.
Author’s Story & Attitude
So, you see, ‘My Story’ and my writing journey began out of shock, fear, confusion and uncertainty. I do believe writing from my heart saved my life and got me through those dark days.
My BIG WHY (the reason I write) is plain and simple. I write to Help Other People Evolve. To encourage them to share their story and write from their hearts.
Be sure to share the words of your heart with your journal as a starting point to writing your first blog, self-help book, memoir or novel. Perhaps you will agree, it’s about time you set your words free? Write from Your Heart, my third book will show you how.
Feel free to feedback on your experience of learning to read and write in the comments below. I’d love to find out what you’re working on and how I may be of support to you as a writing coach and mentor.
Wendy Fry – Writing Coach, Ghostwriter and Therapist with over twenty years in the writing and wellbeing industry will empower you to set and achieve your personal and writing goals. Offering transformational, simple, and practical strategies, you will discover your innate confidence and creativity to attract the success you deserve. www.wendyfry.com Helping you write from your heart.