What do you call it when you are trying to write something and you can\’t find the words, or even know how to start the process? Oh yeah…it\’s writer\’s block. I have experienced years of this. My beliefs around me putting pen to paper were terribly restrictive, and sometimes they still are. Instead of writer\’s block, I felt inflicted with “Non-writer\’s, writer\’s block\” and that\’s even worse!
I\’m embarrassed to admit this, but my relationship with Roxanne became serious just in time for her to feel highly invested in me graduating from college. That meant she could help me with the last obstacle–my senior paper. Humbly I asked for her help and fortunately she did help…a lot.
But things are changing!
Not only do I recruit her solely for edits, but over the last couple of years I\’ve been writing in a blog and slowly but surely the little devil on my shoulder saying that I can\’t write, is giving way to a budding confidence. If I had it to do over again, my undergrad major would definitely be in English. To make up for lost opportunities there, I downloaded two apps for vocabulary building and am keeping up with my new year’s resolution to learn five new words daily (stay tuned for really cool words in future articles!).
I must agree with one internet blogger who said she has found three main categories of benefits from writing.
#1 Pragmatic Benefits – and these are easy to identify. Writing provides a way to keep a permanent record. It\’s also more practical at times to communicate through email or texting, rather than verbal interaction. You just have to know when and how to use them.
#2 Educational Benefits – written materials allow us to impart information to others for their education. Our parent library on our Family Bridge is a great example of how we are using writing to disseminate helpful education to parents.
#3 Emotional Benefits – research has shown that people who process events in their life through writing tend to be more psychologically healthy than those who simply think about the event. Simply by transferring our thoughts into writing will often enhance our understanding or even change completely how we feel about an experience.
We hope you enjoy the articles in this month\’s Notes From Home, where we explore, educate and encourage you in the art (and therapy) of writing!
To Your Family\’s Happiness!
Tim Thayne, Ph.D.