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Wasn’t it William Faulkner who said, “I never know what I think about something until I’ve read what I’ve written.”? William Faulkner was ahead of his time and really onto something here with his wise written words. The written word has been an amazing gift to human kind and has benefited us in more ways than we can count.

Do you remember the Greek storyteller Homer and when most information was still passed down orally? As we all know the world eventually moved away from this oral tradition and went to writing. However, everyone didn’t accept the new technology. Some didn’t know how to write and fought this change by claiming that writing would cause us lose something very important to us.

If humans write information down, then why would it be necessary to remember information anymore? Some worried that the skills of memory, and storytelling, and maybe even the part of our brains responsible for these skills might atrophy, thus causing us to be less knowledgeable, less skilled, and less human over the long run.

We all know now that people’s fear of the change that the written word would create in us was unjustified. The written word has not caused us to lose anything, including our memories, nor storytelling abilities, or our voice in communicating to others what’s important to us.

I think we can all agree on what a wonderful tool the written word has become. The written word also allows us to use higher learning strategies that psychologists call metacognition. Now, we can actually think about our thinking and find the right way to say what we really want to say in our true authentic voice. I guess William Faulkner really understood what he wrote down!

Now please share with the rest of us how you plan to use Granddaddy’s secret of,  ”Finding our voice through writing!”

 

Thanks for your time,

Daniel Blanchard

Author of the Granddaddy’s Secrets book series

 

 

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