The untimely passing of his significant other in early 2012 set Vince Guaglione on a two-year journey of grieving and coping with his loss.
As someone who enjoyed writing and keeping a journal in his formative years, he decided to dust off the old notebooks and re-engage in the practice of journal writing in order to help collect his thoughts. He has now produced 14 books from his journal entries.
When, why and how did you first start journalling?
I started journal writing at 12 years old. I’m not sure why I started, but I recall enjoying writing, so one evening, I opened up a notebook and just started jotting down my thoughts.
What mistakes have you made regarding journaling?
I’m of the belief that nothing we journal should be considered a mistake. We put our thoughts down on the page and then have an opportunity to go back and reread what we wrote. And through that process we gain insight into our thoughts and feelings, and always learn something new about ourselves.
What is the most difficult thing about journalling?
Sometimes the biggest difficulty is in getting started. When staring at a blank page but feeling a need to write something, it becomes a chore to try to put words to the page. But journal writing is all about pulling thoughts and emotions forward. Sometimes, sitting quietly or meditating helps push those emotions to the surface, and then allows them to be more accessible for transfer to words.
Name three things you have learned about journalling.
I can’t bullet point what I have learned but I can say that it has helped me gain clarity. When thoughts and emotions feel jumbled, it’s an effective tool for helping me sort those out and get to the root of the issue that’s causing me to feel so out of balance.
What is the most enjoyable and/or rewarding thing about journalling?
For me, it’s about the peacefulness I feel when writing. I find that journal writing calms me, and helps me get back to a more balanced internal state. I’m the type of person who feels at my worst when I have a lot of internal conflict. Journal writing helps me navigate those choppy emotional waters and helps me make sense of those feelings. For me, it’s about understanding why I’m feeling a certain way and the writing helps me clarify things in my conscious mind.
When, why and how did you write your first book? What made you decide to produce a book, Keeping the Soul Alive?
I spent a significant amount of time journalling after the death of my significant other back in 2012. After I compiled a bunch of journal entries, I decided to go ahead and self-publish those entries in a book. I felt that by sharing these entries in the public domain, they might help others who were also dealing with the grief of losing loved ones.
When and why did you write Is There More To Life Than Just This?
There have been plenty of times in my life when I’ve felt like maybe there was more to it than I had previously understood, but I just couldn’t put my finger on what that was. I also recognized that many of us, at one time in our lives, ask ourselves this same question with the intent of finding a few answers. This book is my attempt at providing a blueprint for finding the answers to those highly personal mystery of life questions.
Is there more to life than just this? What did you learn from writing this book?
Life will always be mysterious in certain ways. Some things we will be able to figure out; others, not always the case. But the bottom line here is that we should never stop asking questions, and never quit pursuing finding our answers.
What is the main message of Is There More To Life Than Just This?
The main message of this book is that we all have the ability to create the life we so desire. We get bogged down at times in the daily minutia of it, and are forced to reconcile the fact that life, at times, can be mundane. But if we practice looking inward and attune to our intuition, we will find our purpose and will be handed the blueprint for creating the life we want.
What did you learn from writing this book?
Since the book is a compilation of journal entries, this was more about working through my own grieving process, and learning exactly where I was at in the grieving process. When looking back on what I’d written during this time, I understood that I still had a long way to go to fully reconcile my loss.
What is the main message of Keeping the Soul Alive?
There’s no actual message that I’m trying to get across. Essentially, what this book does is provide an authentic real-time view into my psyche as I was trying to find my way through such an emotionally charged period of my life. For me, it was an exercise in personal growth.
What is the most difficult thing about writing?
I think it entirely depends upon the genre in which one writes. Fiction, non-fiction, reference, journal writing, personal growth, etc. (all the genres I have written in), are quite different. For me journal writing is the easy one because it’s a stream of consciousness exercise. Other types of works require research, pulling together a plot, building characters, creating a cohesive story, etc. But, I will say that what’s difficult for me is that there are times when I do want to, but my brain just won’t allow me to let the writing flow, so it takes a lot longer to write what’s in my head than it normally would.
Name three things you have learned about writing.
For me, writing is a process. Sometimes I struggle with getting words and paragraphs on the page but what that does is force me to reevaluate what I’m trying to convey. At times, it requires lots of patience. It also has taught me more about myself. When I feel that the writing is flowing, I feel more at peace with myself and I am at my best. Essentially, the more free-flowing my writing, the more I feel like I am at the top of my personal game.
What is the most enjoyable and/or rewarding thing about writing?
It gives me an opportunity to express myself, share my thoughts and opinions, and a feeling of accomplishment. Writing really isn’t such an easy skill to master, so it provides lots of opportunities to practice.
Who is your Number One main role model, and why?
It would have to be the person who coached me in a sport in my early 30s. This was a person who reached the highest level in professional competition yet had a physical handicap he was able to overcome. He not only taught me in this chosen sport but was the person who’s responsible for making me the man I am today. In following the example he set, I hope to continue to pay this forward.
Who or what is your main source of inspiration and/or motivation? What motivates you to get up in the morning?
Life will certainly surprise us as times, so the first thing I actually ponder upon waking is the thought of what great things may lie ahead in the day to come. That was allows me to enthusiastically jump out of bed in the morning. New day; fresh start.
What is the Number One main message you want to get across?
We all have setbacks in life, but the one thing we all must do is persevere. Never stop trying, always strive to be better as a human being, and never give up.
What are your plans for the future with your writing and your work?
I don’t set an agenda. When I have an idea for something new, I explore it and determine if it’s something worth writing. Since my Narratives works are comprised entirely of journal entries, I decide when I have enough material to create a new volume in the series, then go ahead and construct a book from those entries.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
I am thankful for family and my closest of friends. I live 400 miles from my next closest relative so to be able to find a group of such amazing friends that are near and dear to my heart and whom I can count on whenever I find myself in need is something I’m very thankful for.
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