All posts tagged: voice

How journaling transforms your life

Do you want to find the answer to an important life question? Do you want to find your voice? Do you want to transform your life? If so, journaling is the perfect place to start. Listen to your inner wisdom and truth Journaling helps you find the answers that are always always within you, the answers you’ll never find outside yourself. It’s through introspection and analysis that you’re able to listen to and understand your inner wisdom and truth. Sometimes you won’t want to face the truth. Sometimes you’ll come up with excuses for why your inner wisdom is not enough to decide on an answer. But always, with time, you find the answer to the important life question within yourself. Strengthen your unique voice Journaling helps you find your voice. Despite your messiness and imperfection, journaling helps you figure out who you really are at the core. Journaling also helps you explore what you’re not and what you don’t stand for. Journaling helps you honor your journey. Transform your life through self improvement Keeping …

When There are No Words

How do we communicate? If a writer were to describe me as a character in a fiction book, they’d write: as she talked, her hands moved to show emphasis on the point she was trying to make. Do you talk with your hands? One of the best classroom management tips I’ve learned was teaching students how to ask to go to the restroom and get a drink of water by using sign language. When students ask to go to the restroom they sign the American Sign Language letter “r”. If they need a drink of water, they form a “w” with their fingers. As soon as I see these signs, I either point to the door or nod. What are other ways we use to communicate beside hand gestures and body language? Tone of voice comes to mind. In a lesson the other day, my students caught my low level of enthusiasm when I’d ask them what they thought the tone of my voice was. I was giving them examples of “tone” of voice in …

Dear Writer with Frustration, Inspiration, & Passion

Dear writer, I’m with you. Like you I’m waiting for my breakthrough. Out of frustration and out of inspiration I write here. First, because even when literary journals or magazines have rejected my works, I refuse to believe that my writing isn’t worth publishing. Second, because Etty Hillesum, a not-so-well-known writer died too young and with her died her dream of becoming an established author. (Eight of her diaries were published in one book, but that doesn’t mean that’s all the writing she had to offer the world.) I can’t let others write my story. Not anymore. To be honest, I don’t even know that my story is being told. It has become too dangerous to wait until literary journals or magazines give my work approval. I can assure you that my story like your story is the story someone else is looking for right at this moment. Lately, I’ve been writing with a combination of more urgency, more purpose, and more transparency.