But when I changed my words, what met me were the stories that people had to tell. About their families, the reason they were in business, their personal history.
We all have stories about ourselves and sometimes the stories are helpful to us and sometimes they're downright toxic. It's the old adage, give me a child till they're seven that rings true whatever your religion, faith, lack of it., background. We're sponges in the beginning and being sponges can soak in water that's healthy and water that's poisoned.
So as adults we want to tell our stories and when someone like me says they're a writer, out the healthy or poisoned stories pour. And just as you can't make any change in your life until you know you need to make a change, so telling your story, to yourself through the pages of writing can allow you to be aware of the patterns of behaviour, the gifts of character you've inherited and from there listen to the intuitions you already feel to do something different.
There's a great story about a man who walks down a street and doesn't see a hole in the pavement. Falls down it. The following day he walks down the same street, sees the hole and avoids it. After several days avoiding the same hole he eventually takes a different street.
It takes us time to realise even the outlines of our stories and longer still to realise we don't have to keep telling ourselves the same story.
Eventually we can tell a different story - a more positive and healthier story.
You may have been rubbish at school with your writing but when it's between you and the page, none of that matters. Writing something, every day makes a difference even when you don't think anything's happening as a result of you writing.
Try it out.