Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

The Power of Words

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Books have always been a part of my life.  Many of my greatest childhood memories involve books.  For me, the arrival of the Book Mobile to our neighborhood was more exciting than the Ice Cream Man.

I still remember the rainy Saturday evening when I purchased Stuart Little with my allowance.  I also invested money in some of my other favorites:  The Boxcar Children and The Little House series.

Like books, my love for writing goes back to elementary school.  My next-door neighbor, Karen and I would write plays and then act them out for our parents.  Then in 1973, at the age of eight, I met my best friend, Suzanne.

In junior high school, we started writing notes to each other, slipping them into each other’s locker or hand delivering them when we passed in the hallway.  These were not short notes with tidbits of information, they were multi-page notes, some written in long hand and many typed on our Brother typewriters.

We wrote about the important things in our life:  boys we thought were cute, how their “feathered” hair looked good that day, our plans to go roller-skating over the weekend, or how much homework we had.  Rather than talking about it over the phone or in person, we chose to write.

I remember during the Thanksgiving holiday one year, Suzanne’s family went out of town which meant we wouldn’t see each other or be able to talk for four days.  Feeling like an eternity, I decided to document everything I did during those four days with my typewriter.  Upon her return, I presented a twelve-page summary of my Thanksgiving.

Over thirty years later, we found ourselves sitting at my kitchen table reading the stack of notes her mother had saved in a box. I don’t think either one of us had ever laughed so hard.  We felt as if no time had ever passed.  Those words on each page took us back to that exact moment in time.

That is what is great about the power of words; they can transport you to another time or place.  They can make you laugh or make you cry.  By stringing together several words, you can build a sentence.  Put sentences together and you can build paragraph.  Writing paragraph after paragraph can turn into a chapter and chapters can make a story.  Your story, you have total control of the outcome and for me, that is fun.

Thanks to a very tech savvy friend, (you know who you are), I am able to make my debut into the world of blogging.  I am hopeful this blog will serve as a prelude to an exciting future as I pursue my passion for writing.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

4 thoughts on “The Power of Words

  1. Wow, my first time here. A job well done. Very Interesting!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by, Thomas. I appreciate the compliment.

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  3. This was a lovely post, Jill! We are definitely sisters but of different ages! I was in high school in 1973! But we have a love of passing notes, writing and keeping friend over all those years. I feel this is rare these days! I am so glad that your friend, Suzanne, had a thoughtful mother who kept the notes so you could read and treasure, laugh till you cried over! Anyway, I am so glad we are connected now, through our blogs. Take care, Robin I wrote a post about writing in typing class notes back and forth, but not sure of its name. Maybe I will go back and let you know later…

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    • Thank you, Robin! We are sisters! I wasn’t too far behind you. I guess these days, kids are sending text messages which can’t be read at a kitchen table decades later…that makes me sad. I would love to read you post about writing notes in typing class, if you’re able to find it. 🙂

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