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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In Others' Words: Words




"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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9 Comments:

At 8:11 AM, Blogger Wendy Paine Miller said...

I'm starting to realize the power and value of speaking less frequently. Makes the impact of what I do have to say that much more full of meaning.
~ Wendy

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger Katie Ganshert said...

Yes! that's what I strive for! Not sure if I'm hitting the mark yet or not though!

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

I've realized the power of words--and the need for economy--more and more with each passing year.

 
At 5:30 PM, Blogger Jeanne T said...

I've wielded and been affected (positively and negatively) by the power of words. I'm still learning how to be silent more and speak less, but more powerful (i.e. encouraging, truth, life) kinds of words. Great post, Beth.

 
At 5:58 PM, Blogger Donna said...

I love words that draw me in to the heart and emotion of the situation. Oh, to be such a word ninja... :)

 
At 6:14 PM, Blogger Stacy S. Jensen said...

I like direct, straightforward words. It's tricky, because sometimes "direct" can come off as mean.

 
At 6:26 PM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

Jeanne, I like the ideas of words be encouraging, life-giving & truth-filled.
And, Donna, I like the whole analogy of a word ninja!
;o)
Stacy, I've come to value the truth spoken in love more and more. Someone who loves me, someone I trust, can speak directly into my life anytime.
(Well, let me wake up first.)

 
At 11:18 PM, Blogger Lanita Bradley Boyd said...

I could have written your paragraph about Louisa May Alcott!

 
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