"I like good strong words that mean something."
~Louisa May Alcott, author
Well said, Louisa.
That's a goal worth striving for: As a writer, I want to produce good strong words that mean something.
As a woman, I want to speak good strong words that mean something.
Little Women, written by Louisa May Alcott, was the first book I remember reading. And re-reading. And yes, re-reading. Her words were strong enough to make me cry. And smile. And fret about Jo and Laurie (and eventually Professor Bhaer). Her writing is vivid enough that I recall scenes even as I type this blog post and I haven't picked the book up in years. What was Amy thinking when she tried to change the shape of her nose by putting a clothespin on it?!
I wonder how many people recall words I've written?
I wonder how many people recall words I've spoken?
And are the words they're remembering good, strong words? Or did I wound someone? Trip someone up? Maybe disappoint someone?
Words--strong in a powerful sense. But how is that strength used?
In Your Words: What kind of words do you like? Are you in agreement with Louisa? Are you intent on writing and speaking words with power and meaning? Are you hitting the mark?
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