Jill Weatherholt

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

Written vs. Spoken

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I’m all about words.  I love learning new words and yes, I do subscribe to the word of the day e-mails. The ability to put words together that become permanent on the page is what I love to do.  The written word holds a tremendous amount of power. Think about it, have you ever received a letter or an e-mail that was life changing? Perhaps a written job offer or a letter from someone you love.  Those words on the page are powerful.
As a writer, I know written words contain power, but what about the spoken word?   Have you ever been having a really bad day and someone pays you a compliment and suddenly you feel better.  Or, you get a phone call and the words spoken by the person on the other end completely changes your mood. The words we speak matter.  You might think what you’re saying means nothing, but they could change the life of the person you are speaking to.
I’ve read where women talk three times more than men.  Women speak roughly 20,000 words a day verses 7,000 for men.  This is not surprising to me, I know I have to repeat myself throughout the day, especially if there is a football game on the television.  
I’m sure you all have known people, male or female, who just talk to hear themselves talk.  Their 30 minute opinion on a topic could have been said in 5 minutes or less.  This can be referred to as, bloviating, which is a favorite word of mine.
I make a conscious effort to choose my words carefully, when I’m writing, but more importantly when I speak.  I try to say something positive to at least five people each day.  Whether it’s thanking someone for something they’ve done for me or telling a stranger, I like their outfit.  I do this because I realize the importance of positive words.  Those words are seeds and they can take root inside a person.

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, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. 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

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