Just, plain, words

As I've been writing on my manuscript each word has become singularly more important. In the character world as in real life, words have the power to change the dynamics of a relationship. If used politely, to deepen the bond, if  negatively to shatter it. Writers can choose their words in order to paint a picture in the mind of a reader, letting them glimpse the beautiful city of Paris or feel the mood of a gloomy, dark alley.

This verse strikes me as appropriate for how the rhythm and flow of words affect us all:

"Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body." Proverbs 16:24

When we think of words, the photo above comes to mind as we use our phones to send messages to family and friends. Whether celebrating life's victories and one another's accomplishments or just to catch up. Words matter. On social media, we stay connected, even if far away from one another, through the power of words and pictures.

Actors use everyday, sometimes ordinary words to portray feelings and emotions for their audience.

"There's no place like home." Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz

This is one of my all-time favorite quotes, even if you saw the movie a long time ago it can stay with you and linger like an old familiar friend.

Lyrics from a song make you feel the emotion as the talented singers music is played. Words have an impact.

In home design, words are used as statement pieces on a wall to provide a focal point to jump start a decorating scheme, and to add character to an otherwise blank space.

"A picture is a poem without words." Homer

Each brush stroke on a artists canvas is like an unspoken word, it uses balance, symmetry, and color to name a few, to capture the onlooker and have them participate in their story.

The click of a camera shutter tells the story of the photographer and their subject, and like a painting it too is like an unvoiced word.  

I've shared some of the ways we use words, and how we use them. I'd love to hear your favorite quote from a book, or movie.

Also, if you had one word to use to describe you, what would it be?

 
  

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  1. I really like this! I've recently read an article about Jesus' words. It stressed how He made every syllable count. So that's been my prayer and God has been gracious enough to interrupt my conversation to keep my accountable. ;)

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    1. Thank you Regina. Writing makes me more accountable for my word choices. That's a great idea to focus through prayer to keep you accountable.

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