I’m pulling this post from the archives (with a few revisions) because I believe the message is an important and timely one. You be the judge.
I’ve always believed words had the power to move people. Spin them the right way, target the right audience and they have the power to sway a nation. As tempted as I am, that topic is for another day.
Which brings me to the topic I wanted to discuss – writing and the power of our words. Isn’t that what we want our stories to do? Sway our readers?
Stories move us to tears, anger, make us gasp in horror, keep us up at night,or our bellies hurt from laughing.
A story can cause pain – dredging up ghosts or trauma of the past. Those stories are hard to read and even harder to write.
I’m 40,000 words into my first novel.Certain scenes are proving difficult to write because it requires me to dig deep into emotions I’d rather not feel again. I could sugar coat my words but every time I choke on the false words that ring so hollow.
I read a post today by Mary Jaksch at Write to Done that struck me right between the eyes. How to Bond With Your Readers: The Pain and Glory of Writing.
So, I have two options- I can dig deep and work through the pain or let my story gather dust.
It’s our job as writers to tell the best story we can with words that reach from the pages, grab our readers by the throat or the hearts.
So, make it count. Words have Power.
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