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Words Can't Say Enough: Why We Need to Write

John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically, he just loves to write.

Another Writer's Challenge

Recently another author Marilyn L. Davis (MDavisatTIERS) issued the following challenge:

"This challenge is to write about how you value, use and create your finished piece using your common denominator - words." (see the article "But, Have You Said It - A Writing Challenge")

I didn't really know how to approach this, but then it came to me! What is more important to a writer than “words”? Therefore, it should be a very easy topic to write about. This article is my response:



When I sit down at my desk (or wherever else I may be when the urge hits) with the intention of writing I rarely have a preconceived idea about what the subject will be or where my inspiration is going to come from.

Out of nowhere, an idea will come to me. I may have a sudden epiphany or some outside stimulus will miraculously ignite a spark in my brain. Call it my muse if you will for want of a better name. I am not the world's greatest orator so I prefer to communicate through my writing.

Random is probably as good a word as any to describe my writing process. I don't really have a niche and get the most pleasure and satisfaction by experimenting. I think this helps my writing to be somewhat unique.

Do I have any advice for other aspiring writers? Simply follow your heart. Write what makes you feel good and satisfies that burning inside of you. After all, if you don't enjoy the subjects you write about your work will lack enthusiasm and readers will sense that. After you have put your sweat and blood onto the paper (or your computer screen), then you should proofread it for spelling and grammar to give it a professional touch. But don't worry about that at first, just let the words flow from your heart. Worrying about the technicalities initially will stifle your creativity.

Some say you should find your niche and stick to it., especially if you want to make money writing online. That may be good advice, but it's not for me. My writing is what it is, love it or hate it. But it makes me feel damn good, and that's what counts.


Other Quotes about Words and Writing

“We live and breathe words. .... It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt--I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted--and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.”
―Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
-- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”
― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me


Shakespeare's Last Word

I'll leave you with these wise words by a far greater writer than me, William Shakespeare. These "random" phrases somehow sum up what it is like to be a writer in the company of others:

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers..

Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more..

Rhyme nor reason..

Discretion is the better part of valor..

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em...

© 2015 John Hansen

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