“The power of the written word”

I am following this 30 day guide from WordPress in order to help me learn how to work my way through this plethora of technical machinations before me as I blog, it is so far most helpful!

It is already up to day 8, but this is day 3’s assignment, I only just started today, so some catching up to do.  The quest for this day:

DAY 3: WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?

Today’s assignment: write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog.

This post now would have been my desired first one, it is the pivotal point of what starts all of this off, and what do I mean by that?  The form of expressing oneself, having something to say, trying to achieve something by the power of the written word or words in general.

To lubricate you in to where my head is at the moment, or what I mean, don’t take my word for it, here are some quotes from people far more important and intellectually inclined than myself:

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“My task, which I am trying to achieve, is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel–it is, before all, to make you see.”
― Joseph ConradLord Jim

7128“Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall.”
― Jodi PicoultSalem Falls

4764“There exists, for everyone, a sentence – a series of words – that has the power to destroy you. Another sentence exists, another series of words that could heal you. If you’re lucky you will get the second, but you can be certain of getting the first.”
― Philip K. DickVALIS

2062“A man with a scant vocabulary will almost certainly be a weak thinker. The richer and more copious one’s vocabulary and the greater one’s awareness of fine distinctions and subtle nuances of meaning, the more fertile and precise is likely to be one’s thinking. Knowledge of things and knowledge of the words for them grow together. If you do not know the words, you can hardly know the thing.”
― Henry HazlittThinking as a Science

I could go on; there are so many quotes out there, thought provoking & inspirational.  Just going through them again myself makes me want to learn, to understand this complex yet instrumental gift that as humans we seem to have miraculously invented as our means of communication.

We all know the power of words has the power to create wars, destroy ones sanity, and make one feel like we are on top of the world.  It is not just the ‘word’, it is the way we structure it within the sentence, what we wrap around that word or words in how it comes across to the other person and of course how they receive it.  This is the art of communication, a gift given more to some who can delight or heighten our senses with their ability to coat our minds in the glory of written or verbalized words.

We see this in novels, the ability to take the reader in to the author’s world, to see it, to feel it, that is the talent, the desire from the audience to want more, to feel, see more.  How does one do this?

For me, I have to right now assume I might achieve this at some stage or this is mere circumspection on my part, as I say, for me, I have to be there first.  Literally or metaphorically close ones eyes, draw in the sights, the sensations, the environment of what it is you wish to portray, the inflection in someone’s voice as they talk to you, the colour and warmth of the sun’s rays, the tingle up ones spine as goose bumps erupt over warmed flesh.

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Then there is the bastardisation of words, slang, cool words.  I know about this because I have children.  My instinct could be of horror, to ignore it, but why?  There is simply no point, because it won’t stop the younger generation use it.  It is just an extension of what we might have learnt before.

cool dudeLet me give you an example as I ask my 11 year old son to give me a variety of ‘current’ words used by those at school:

rare = sexy

sick = epic/cool

troll = laughing by having annoyed/teased someone

So as you can see from conventional meanings of words to how they have changed.  With this discovery, as a parent I had this absolutely stupid notion that it would be good if I appeared to be cool in front of my children, I mean do we need approval of coolness from our kids, seriously?

I found myself in a moment of madness sitting at the dinner table suddenly making up a word and its ‘apparent’ meaning under the guise that I myself did in fact have one over on my kids and know some cool words they had not discovered.  Did they sniff me out?  Of course they did, like finely trained bloodhounds, I triumphed for perhaps a few….nano seconds before being laughed ‘out of the courtroom’ so to speak.  Will I try it again?  Who knows, I am always trying something to spice up our literary exchanges or playful banters 🙂

At this point, maybe it is my passion on the power of the written word or otherwise, I find myself pushing down the urge to digress in to all manners of topics of conversations, but I could be here for hours……and hours…..and hours.  I think/hope you get my reasoning for touching on such a subject and hopefully somewhere along the way with this blog you will feel ‘touched’ by my words.

As they say, to feel something is to know we are alive, let’s live!

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