Have you guys ever noticed how awesome words are? Maybe not, if you're not a writing geek like me. But words are just about the most powerful thing out there, except maybe love and hate, both of which can be engendered by words. Just stop and think about it.
With words, you claim yourself, your friends, your life, your interests. You label the things around you. You gain power over them, over yourself and your emotions. You can bring people to you or against you. You teach, inspire, and cause change. As an author, my power comes almost exclusively through language. It's not only through the meanings of the words that I choose to express my points and thoughts, even, but also through the beauty of the words themselves that I make my point.
The sounds of words are powerful. Poetry and songwriting are prime examples of this. The rhythm, the pace, and the hardness/softness of the words you choose affect the power and emotion of your work. There's a big different between the sound of the word "titanium" and "pillow", for example. Even ignoring the meanings of the words, which one comes off as harder?
I think everyone, at some point, has heard a word that gave them pause, either because they didn't expect a word so fancy in that conversation, or because it had a strange sound. Words are just funny, special little things. I love them.
So here are some fun facts about words:
Try paying more attention to words in your life, and I think you might start to see what I mean. And for extra fun, why not check this out: 100 most beautiful words.
All right guys! Thanks, and I'll see you all on Saturday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MOM, ONE OF MY HEROES IN REAL LIFE!
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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