Writer’s Craft #25 – The Love of Words
This week’s guest contributor is Amy Neftzger of Nashville, on the love of words. (Lynda)
Words are my drug of choice, just as they are for most writers. In fact, most writers are avid readers and it’s our love of words that brings about our need to write. I love words alone or neatly choreographed into paragraphs of prose. Well written books are exciting to me because they create order and meaning out of the apparently chaotic. I’m not a book snob, though. I also love songs with great lyrics, poems, and even well written informational articles.
What is it about words that makes them so attractive? They can be powerful, certainly. Words have the ability to educate, hurt, heal, or to draw people nearer or push them away. They can create bonds and destroy families. But they also have the power to comfort us when we feel alone and help us to laugh more when we’re with friends. Words can ease our pain and multiply our joy in life. That’s powerful. Words also have the ability to take us inside of other worlds and to places that we couldn’t go without them. In other words, words can expand and connect our individual worlds. They have the power to connect people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to understand one another. As an author, it would be difficult to effectively guide others into the worlds I create if i didn’t have the right words.
What I love most about them is that they don’t have to be large or complicated to be effective. They simply need to be appropriate for the context. A well placed word is a beautiful thing, like the bouquet of flowers that brightens the room.
This is what writing is about: sharing words. How did you fall in love with words? How do you express that love in your work? Tell us about you and the love of words.
Amy Neftzger ia a fiction author and researcher. Her books are widely available through both amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com and her newest release is due in September 2011. You can find out more about her on her Amazon Author page.