Words are powerful. Magic.
Writers deal with words. They are our medium, our palette, our tools. We are the artists and words are the ways we present our art to the world.
But do we really, really know the power of words?
"Sticks and stones", we used to chant, "will break my bones but words will never hurt me."
So, so untrue.
Words have the power to build up and tear down.
Words have the power to create and destroy.
Too many times I find myself saying things outloud that I shouldn't. Many times those words are directed to myself. People laugh at self-deprecating humor. Some of us wield it like a well-trained butter knife.
Be kind to yourself and to others. When you're writing, choose your words well. I'm not talking about nitpicking every single thing you say. I am saying that there are perfect words out there for every thought you want to convey. Take the time to find that perfect word or phrase. Sure it will take more time, but it will make your work sing.
And when you start to insult yourself, take a step back. Pause. Breathe. So you goofed. So you didn't get that word count in for NaNo last week. Big deal.
You're amazing just because you're here.