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Words are one of the most powerful tools that we have. They have the power to hurt and they have the power to heal. They explain how people feel when they are happy, angry, or sad. Words tell you how things work and why these same items don't when they won't.
You can learn how to bake something, make something, or how to fix that darn something that decided to stop doing what it was supposed to. A "How To" article can teach us while creative writing creates an atmosphere that transports its reader into another time and place. Words are wonderful.
The written word has the power to change the opinion of its reader. It can alter the direction of a persons life or lifestyle. It can cause a reader to laugh, cry, or to feel empathy or emotion toward someone or something that they otherwise would not have. Words are powerful. Handle them with care.
When Words are Spoken You Can't Change How They Fall
Speech terrifies me. Words each chosen so carefully but then thrown haphazardly together to create a single thought that somehow gets lost in the voicing.
Words tossed together as if they were a salad thrown high in the air by an angry chef to land in confused disarray. You try to make sense of them but cannot because they are not perfectly aligned, yet they remain forever spoken never to be erased.
But what if those words could be taken away. What if all the hurt, anger, and insecurity caused by them could be simply wiped away like chalk from the board at the end of a school day. The dust whisked away with the next rain. No residue. No collateral damage. Just a clean slate to begin each new day. As a writer I have that opportunity.
When you voice a thought aloud you cannot erase the words once they are spoken. Speech is so very rigid. It is unlike written words on paper where you have only to move your thoughts around a bit to make them sound as you actually meant them to be. As a writer there is always a second chance to say what you mean to convey.
In 1999 Blogging Took the Internet by Storm and Today Writers Author an Online Tidal Wave of Entertainment
Online article writing became popular in 1999 when a new field of literature known as blogging hit the internet. Much to everyone's surprise millions of people wanted to read those blogs and this opened the door for everyday people to open up their computers to share their tips and trade secrets with this new following of web readers.
Blogging also officially opened a new career path for those with a love of the written word. Web sites began to vie for people to write articles on every subject imaginable. It turns out that there really are millions of people who want to read what regular people have to say.
Today the term blog has nestled down to a soft whisper but that doesn't mean that there are any less online writers out there. There are still thousands of us here sharing our skills, recipes, tips, hints, ideas, and thoughts with readers.
Words Influence Our Emotions and Actions
Words can have a tremendous influence on those who read them. From the sound of that first caressing lullaby that we hear as a child to the quiet spoken words heard from a loving daughter or caretaker as she reads a story aloud to us when we are elderly.
Words influence every thought and action that we experience throughout our lives. Like pictures hold memories so do words create them. Words cause emotions to stir within us that we would not otherwise have experienced.
We use our emotions to influence the many directions that our life will take us and to direct us in most actions. We will often use these same emotions to teach others in the lessons that we have learned so that they may also experience the emotions that we have felt. Words are powerful. If they can change one person they can change the world.
Thesaurus: My Most Valuable Resource
Most computer programs come with spell check which is a God send for a terrible speller such as myself. Other issues that arise in my profession though are not quite so easy to fix.
When it comes to ideas, creativity, repairing grammatical errors, and avoiding repetition I'm pretty much left on my own.
So a small word of advice, as a writer the most valuable tool I personally own is a thesaurus and I advise everyone to purchase one no matter what their occupation may be. If the truth is to be told I own three of these books and all of which I use on a regular basis.
It is an indispensable tool for students and writers and is one of the most powerful literary tools that you can have in your possession. If you write then you should own one. A thesaurus is a book that provides alternative words for practically every word that appears in most standard dictionaries. It is a treasure trove of synonyms, which are words that have a similar meaning to another word.
It Can be the Difference Between Bland and Beautiful
Having a choice of descriptive words can keep you from constantly using the same words or phrases throughout your work and bring a more interesting touch to your written stories.
ie: For the word funny you would find the synonyms - comical, laughable, amusing, ludicrous, jolly, and absurd, as well as many more words of equally illustrative quality.
Having a number of descriptive words at your fingertips can lift your writing out of the just okay category and carry your reader into a new realm of enchantment and enjoyment. The more captivating your work is then the more apt you are to hold your reader's attention.
If you are writing online then you will also discover that using a number of great synonyms can also help to increase your search visibility. By providing a number of keywords for the major search engines to discover your article under there will be a greater likelihood of them picking up your article.
This means that your articles will be more apt to see an increase in visitors and that these individuals will most likely linger just a little bit longer on your webpages once they arrive there.
A Personal Point of View to Ponder
In the land of folklore and fantasy it is accurate to say that any creature can exist, any scenario can occur, and any wish, dream, or ideal can indeed come true. This is a realm where all things are possible and all things possible can dissolve into a pool of improbability.
Never say that you are not able to accomplish what you desire. The knowledge you need to accomplish your dreams is out there. All you have to do is find it. If something or someone blocks your path look for a way to get around that obstacle. The solution you seek is waiting on the other side. You just have to get by. If you are alone search for someone who can help you. There is someone somewhere who can. Be strong and you will succeed.
...and when under the bed a monster hides, it is the soft voice of a parent entering the room that chases the beasts away. Home is where security and confidence are nurtured for optimism to grow. A safe haven from the storms. A palace no matter how small.
In our digital world which is so designed to bring us closer to one another it can be sadly all to easy to remove ourselves from the most important aspect of life, human touch.
A fun little holiday trivia fact to ponder: No matter what it is that you do on your holidays it is always an exciting bonus simply to have a day off from work with full pay.
Your inner child is wanting to get in on the game. Time to hone your imagination and forget your chronological age, all manner of children tonight are out to play. Brush your fangs and comb your face Halloween is a time to forget preconceived ideals.
Don't sweat the small stuff on your wedding day. When all the preparation and perfection of this day is finally over, it will be the things that went horribly wrong that are going to be some of your very best memories.
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but it is so very important not to be deceived by that which paint, polish, and misconception can hide.
When all the figures are added and the key terms analyzed there is only one fuel on this earth that truly matters. It is that which fuels our body, if it is gone then so are we. The environment matters. Protect our wildlife. Protect our farmland. Protect our waters.
We each have our own unique thoughts, ideals, traditions, and emotional responses to the stimuli thrown our direction. It is the reason why a writer writes and a curious mind reads.
Relax and Take a wee Little Entertainment Break Today