Monday, November 9, 2015

The Power of Words

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.


  1. Words do have power. God spoke the world into existence. Now that's powerful!

  2. Yes they do. Wish I could have read this many years ago

  3. Heh Jen. I can't get to my NaNo word count and use the best words to do it. Can only do it when I insult myself. How are you going? I'm struggling to get 9,000 bad words! :-)

  4. Words are powerful. I suspect that is how most wars start.

    Anna from Elements of Writing

  5. Alex: The most powerful example of the power of words!

    Unknown: Thanks for stopping by!

    Denise: Hope the NaNo Novel is going better for you! I bowed out. My current project isn't a novel and the glaring NaNo button made me feel badly for not posting a word update. Ok, I didn't feel bad but I did hate seeing it glaring at me. Someone referred to the "fear of the NaNo Gestapo" back during the IWSG posting. I laughed so hard at that! That's exactly how I've felt in times past. Good luck with those words! May you get as many as YOU need! xo

    Anna: Oh you are so right. So very right.

  6. I have tried hard to stop self-criticism. It is hard not to do. In this society, women, especially, are always cutting themselves down. Trying to stay positive takes work, but it's worth it. And, as far as choosing the right word. I do this often when I'm writing articles. You're give a word limit. You have to choose wisely.


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