WARNING! Word-Smith Ahead

Forrest ReadingWriting is more than a passion, it is an art, a technique in delivering a message that is received in the manner intended. It is not for the faint of heart or the weak in spirit. It requires true “hands-on” living, breathing, life. Anyone can be a writer, but not everyone should.

Words are powerful. It is so important to choose them wisely and choose them well. Just imagine the impact of one single two letter word…NO. This word has multiple connotations spanning from a positive nature to a negative nature.

Amazing how two little words can carry so much power. Used without caution, without regard, the impact can be devastating. If this two letter word can carry so much weight, then imagine what the rest of a vocabulary can do.

As a writer, it is important to research, research, research every topic prior to engaging an audience. This is the difference between a professional writer and a writer. A professional writer recognizes the power of their words and the ultimate need to surround them with a proper environment.

The old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me” is for children who still believe in fairy-tales. The fact of the matter is, words can hurt much worse than any stick or stone. Physical wounds will ultimately heal, those wounds caused by emotional construct take much longer to heal.

This is not just a matter of negative writing…it goes beyond that. To write an article without verifiable facts and then print it for others to read carries great potential for damage. In today’s fast-paced society, people tend to believe what they read. They do not take the time to discern if the content of that writing is factually based or that of opinion.

It is our responsibility as professional writers to ensure that when we write, our readers understand the difference. Do not assume that the reader of a blog, such as “Saggy Bottom Sisterhood”, recognizes that this is the author’s opinion, most likely they do not. As a professional writer, when writing factual content, include not only the source, but a link to the source. Give the reader the opportunity to explore more on the subject.

Do not underestimate the depth and desire of the reader’s curiosity. Provide them with valuable, well written content that they can share with others. Build a rapport with the reader that allows the opportunity to become comfortable with the content. Let them immerse themselves in words. Be a word-smith, rather than a writer.