Words are just about the most powerful thing out there, except maybe love and hate, both of which can be engendered by words. With words, you claim yourself, your friends, your life, your interests. You gain power over yourself and your emotions. You bring people to you or against you. You teach, inspire, and cause change.
As an author, my power comes almost exclusively through language. However, it's not only through the meanings of the words that I express my thoughts, but also through the beauty of the words themselves. The rhythm, the pace, and the hardness/softness of the words you choose affect the tone of your work. There's a big different between the sounds of the words "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. Words can be funny, special little things. I love them!
So here are some fun facts about words:
For extra fun, why not check this out: 100 most beautiful words.
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