Most writers - myself among them - did a lot of writing before we decided on romantic suspense. In high school I wrote poetry (Of course, everyone in high school writes poetry). Then I went on after high school and studied journalism. For a long time I wrote features and hard news as a reporter for a daily newspaper.
Then came the novels. And the short stories. I still write short stories and love both reading and writing them. (I hope you enjoyed the Valentine story that a few in our group here just completed!)
But, there is one kind of writing that I have always done, and that’s journaling. In my young girl days the word was ‘diary’. Then it shifted to the more grown up word - ‘journaling.’ And if I were even more grown up I might call it ‘memoir,’ or ‘personal writing.’
I have piles of completed journals in a back closet, but in the last year or so, I’ve been journaling online. I don’t mean blogging, I mean password protected private journaling. At first I just used a password protected Word document. Then I shifted to the ‘Notes’ feature in my Yahoo Mail, and most recently I’ve switched to an online site; http://penzu.com. That website also has a number of resources on how journaling is so cathartic, and gives tips to get started. It’s also completely private. And I’ve added a password that even my closest friend could decipher.
But it’s a place where I can cry out - like David - to God. It’s a place where I can rail against him - like David did - and say “have you completely forgotten about me?’ And then I can go into the specifics. But - and this is cool - usually by the end of my journal entry - like David did - I’m praising Him for his goodness and greatness and wanting to draw closer to him.