Now that I got that awesome song stuck in all your heads, let’s continue. ^.^
Words lure you, capture you, save you, change you and – in the worst cases – destroy you.
Words – like spells – can be used for good or for evil. Someone can use words to insult or compliment. Someone can use words to spread rumours or inspire millions.
Words can be used to share emotions, describe an experience or deliver information.
Words are magic.
As someone who writes – a lot – I never looked closely at the words I chose. Sure, I knew the meaning and the idea I was getting across, but I wasn’t looking so closely at how changing one word could make or break my sentences. Editing and revising my works weren’t really important to me – they were like pulling teeth, actually – and in turn I rarely followed through with that step. Most of my essays went unedited, homework always got ‘Please proofread’ written in the corner of the page, and I always had the same fixable errors I would have caught if I had reviewed it. Words – to me back then – were just things I put down on paper to get a point across, and that was that.
At least, it was before I started this journey on writing a book in 6 months.
Now, I look over every line and every piece of dialogue. I’m almost on my third revision, to tidy up the flow of the story before sending it to a copy-editor. I analyse every word and now find myself asking:
‘Did I use the right word? Is there a better word? Will my readers understand the meaning/ emotion/ clue/ idea I’m trying to portray with this word?’
Writing is easy when you aren’t over-thinking. Writing is fun when you make a certain arrangement of words in a sentence that you are proud of, and in the end wish to share with others. Writing is stressful when you go back and realize what words you chose weren’t the words you should have used. Writing is tiring when you realize you use ‘he/she shook his/her head’ over a billion times (I’m so guilty of that…).
I overuse certain words, or strings of words which can weaken the rest of the paragraph. I try to make short sentences for easy understanding, which means finding words that will allow me to do that.
When you look at words it is amazing to think that in the end they are symbols that we associate with certain sounds, which in turn create formations to share distinct meanings.
Take this blog as an example.
I’m typing in the English language and sharing with you a post about words while using words.
In a way… that’s kind of like wordception…
And see what I did there? Wordception isn’t a word, but with the combination of word and ception I created a new word. Yes, it was meant to be a reference/ joke of sorts but it is a new word all the same.
Actually, a lot of words were made by combining different words together (and I’m not just talking about compounds).
Okay… I should really stop… my brain is like Wikipedia when it comes to the written word. I could go on and on about the history of words, the importance of words, the whatever else of words but somehow we’ll end up on the question ‘are clownfish really clowns?’ And nobody got time for that.
So… the point I’ve been trying to make this whole blog is this: words are amazing sources of creative expression that can hold us and help us explore endless possibilities.
Deep – yes, I know.
Words cast spells on all of us whether we like it or not.
So, use them wisely.
Toodles for now. 🙂