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The Magic of Words

Words can make magic.  They can bring good news and cheer you up when you’re sad.  Words can heal wounds and offer forgiveness. They can express love and wow can they tell a story!  Like magic!

Sometimes, though, words can go awry and bounce off the wrong surface and cause hurt or destruction. They can sting or erupt in wars.  But we know this about magic – some is good, some not so good.

Words are, in essence, just an illusion.  They can only illustrate things and feelings, they aren’t real. Words are just a facade.  A trick of magic.

We can’t forget, though, how powerful they are.  Words can create pictures in your head. Those images can take root. You may not remember where you heard it, or even the exact words. But thanks to the magic of words, you can recreate the picture or the emotion.

As stewards of words, we need to be wary of the words we use.  Not just on the page or screen.  But also in how we talk to the real characters of our lives.

Stay open for ways that you can use words to help and heal others.  Wield words to make others feel better about themselves or encourage them to do more.  There’s so much we can do with our words!  What an amazing and magical gift we have to be able to say what we need to say.

Remember the power of words.  And watch how you use their magic.


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Playing with Words

As an every day writer, we have the distinct joy of being able to play with words. We know and relish the subtle differences between words like unique, distinctive, and singular.

Words make a difference, no matter what you’re writing. The words you choose, the alliteration you decide to decant, the combinations you mix or leave out, all set a tone and a mood.

The words you use regularly say something about you. In writing they can be seen as lazy patterns of speech. From a certain point of view, on occasion, for instance, the key is . . . we all have our repetitive phrases and it can add flavor to writing, and reveal something of the author. But we need to be careful that we don’t overuse them as if we were talking. It may be time to whip out the Thesaurus and play with different words to find another way to say it. Choose your words more carefully and tweak them until they say just what you are truly after. Don’t rely on the same old words.

The words you choose to talk about your life can have a profound affect on how you feel. We can play with those words, too. You don’t have to deny the situation to tell it using slightly different words. Think about how you describe your life. Which words are you choosing?

Instead of always saying you’re so busy, see if you can vary that to, “I’m doing a lot of what I enjoy.” Or maybe “My days are filled with lots of great activity!” Words can change a mind from confused to befuddled, making things feel a little more manageable. You can add  more zest to any situation. It was great! Instead of it was fine. Or be more specific: It was mind-bendingly boring, instead of “yeah, it was okay.”  Pay attention to the words you use when talking and play with them.  See how you can change the shades of your life.

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Writing Tip: Listen to Your Words

Good writing owes much of its worth to the sound and order of the words.  One may think that odd since so much of writing is experienced in silence.

If the words roll off your tongue, they will run the same way through the reader’s mind.  You can hear the voice of good writers, even if you’ve never heard them speak.  You instinctively know you are in the hands of someone who is passionate about what they’ve written. The writer has taken the time to listen to the sound of her words.

Words have effect.  They evoke images. They create feelings. You might use the word bright, when brilliant or flashing might have more sparkle.

Writing has a rhythm.  Too many sentences.  And you jar your reader.  Too many long, meandering sentences, containing several points might well put  him to sleep. It’s not a good idea to ask your reader to do too much work.  You want him to stay engaged in what you’re saying.  Isn’t that the point, after all?

Let’s face it.  Readers are fickle.  They can afford to be.  There is so much to pick from out there!  If you want to keep her reading, make it pleasant to be in your writing.

You can use the sounds and rhythms to make a point.  And mean it!  Or you can string them along with your flowing and visceral descriptions.  You can convey all kinds of emotions by the words you choose and the way you lay them down.

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