Thursday, September 16, 2010

Be Fair to WORDS

Grrrr. I hate it when someone says something like “Words could never express…”

Dude, you’re seriously not giving Words enough credit, and it’s never fun to be underappreciated. Words works hard. Words has spent hundreds – thousands – of years developing and strengthening, translating, morphing, dividing and multiplying, engaging, entertaining, directing, emoting, guiding, representing and… well, that list just keeps going. How dare you tell Words it can’t do something!

Maybe that’s the reason not everyone is cut out to be a writer. Because, I have to tell you, to be a writer you have to respect Words, you have to believe in Words. Sometimes that means a lot of time spent rephrasing, tweaking and rethinking. It’s worth it though, because Words will not let you down. I repeat, Words will not fail you.

Words can’t describe how…”

ICK!! Phrases like that are not romantic or endearing – they are lazy! Sure, some situations and feelings are harder to communicate than others but that makes them a challenge - not an impossibility. I keep getting that image of a needle in a haystack. Would it be difficult to find said needle? Of course. But with consistent effort and patience, it can be done.

So please, rethink and rephrase if you must. Just be fair to Words


  1. Respect the word - I like that. Words are our tools, and as writers it's up to us to figure out how to use them to express ourselves and our characters. Good post!

  2. Good Post! Never thought of it like that, but you are absolutely correct. I always *thought* I knew the power of words but it wasn't until I started writing my current WIP that I really started to get it!!
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