The power of words.
By John Woolard
February 11, 2018 5:19am CST
When writing one must keep in mind the power words have and use this to ones advantage when telling a story. Words show emotion. Words used can help describe a character or event or location better than a picture because words harness the reader's emotions and preconceptions. Did a character laugh, giggle, cackle, cough nervously, fake laugh? All these could be used to show the scene and the character in it differently so word choice is critical. Most of the time the original draft word choice is perfect but sometimes during content editing a word just doesn't convey what you really meant. Or sometimes a word just isn't enough. Example when I was in high school I discovered the word miasma and just had to use it in stories. I mean every bad event or awkward moment hung in the air like a miasma. The problem was it really is not a very useful word because one person's idea of a miasma can be extremely different than an other's. This is where word choices need to be evaluated and the time old rule of writing show don't tell. Example: The heat was a miasma of misery slowing Robert to a near crawl through the jungle. or John pauses to wipe the sweat from his brow to no avail. All he succeeded in doing was moving the dirt and grime of the jungle around so that the mosquitos and other pests had new ground to explore. Each step through the jungle was like a sauna minus the fluffy towels and fancy drinks. John's clothes were no longer just worn but soaked to his body like a second, uncomfortable skin. Each step drained more of his energy... Yes there are more words and in school writing essays we were taught less words is better but we are not writing an essay we are writing a movie with words. No matter what words you use in the end they need to convey what your story demands not what word of the day you try to fit in.
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• Summerville, Georgia
With modern texting the offend someone issue has become unavoidable. Quick notes are usually easily misconstrued so word choice there is also important. Also culture and regions can take a word differently. Try ordering sweat tea in New York versus North Carolina. But if as much diligence is given to the words around each other together then at least you can feel comfortable in knowing you tired.
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Absolutely true! Thank you for this article from you. I am now more inspired to write! * * * * * Sir, I am not a writer (in its true meaning), but I like putting into words what I feel & how I feel given a moment. It's how I express myself. And, I am glad when my dearest critic, my husband, tells me he liked what I wrote. Well, it's love from him (for me) I suppose! I love this life!
@JAWwriting Thanks again, Sir! Although I already have an article published in a Fil-German Magazine. A friend of mine happened to read what I wrote in my Facebook page. She asked me to send her a copy of that. She said she'll publish it in her magazine. I had double thoughts in sending her that write-up because I did it only for my FB page. I didn't think it was worth a read from a real source. Anyway, the 2nd time she asked me (sort of convinced me), I sent her a copy. Then, I forgot about it. But, last December, I received a copy of the magazine. Know what, Sir? My story is there! ?
• Yogyakarta, Indonesia
yapp... you're all right.. i'm agree with you.. one word can have many Meaning.. and people have their own Perception.. that's why it can be happen.. the best way is just give the clear information from the words that we've writen or said