Tuesday, May 8, 2012

WORD.


"I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word.


Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine."
Emily Dickinson
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Words. They have authority and influence. 


To motivate and encourage, devastate or heal.


And in books they leave me breathless---a sheer force of beauty. 


They possess the strength to transport me to another world or time or place.


I think of the best sentences I've read and cannot imagine them any other way. They would merely lose their impact.


TAKE FOR EXAMPLE, a simple sentence from the book, THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE.


Jandy Nelson could have written it this way: My heart beats wildly again, ready to burst through my chest.


Instead, she wrote it this way: The flower is blooming again in my chest, this time three seconds from bud to showstopper.


Or a sentence from THE NEAR WITCH.


Victoria Schwab could have said it this way: The wind gusts in the dark night, the windows shuddering and squeaking. 


Instead, she wrote: Outside, the night is still and streaked with silver threads of light, and the wind is breathing against the glass, a wobbling hum that causes the old wooden frame to groan.


See what I mean? MAGIC!


YOUR words--the way you write them--are unlike any others. So choose them carefully. Make them yours. Make them SHINE.


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14 comments:

Matthew MacNish said...

Hello diction, my old friend.

Christine Danek said...

You have the best posts and photos. Sigh. I have the sudden urge to go and write.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

That first picture is one of the best I've ever seen.

Unknown said...

So inspiring! Thank you for sharing :)

Christina Lee said...

Christine, I did too, immediately after writing this! Thanks!

Liz Mays said...

Now I just want to get off of this electronic box and go read!

Patti said...

What an awesome picture. I now I have a huge desire to go edit.

Unknown said...

Sigh! I'll never write like that. :(

Love the pictures!!!

Christina Lee said...

But Stina, that's what I mean. You weave your own kind of magic, girl (and I should know as your CP)!!!

K. M. Walton said...

The Sky is Everywhere = word magic. I love that book so much.

Elana Johnson said...

Word. That is all. ;)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Sigh. Looking at sentences like that can be discouraging when writing a first draft. I really, really hope those writers didn't just pop those sentences out on the first draft. I'd like to think it took some effort. I hope they sweated tears and blood over 'em. ;)

Meredith said...

Love that Emily DIckinson quote! And your example quotes are just beautiful. Yay for breathtaking words!

Kim Van Sickler said...

Something to strive for!