Friday, August 6, 2010
Words – Our Best Friends Forever
This post is only about words. Words interest, intrigue and fascinate us. Words are not just a writer’s best friends, they can also be his/her worst enemies. Afterall what are our manuscripts: but a collection of words that tell a story, that acquaint readers with characters and their journeys. Just like we do with our real friends, these literary friends too should be treated with love and care, shown respect and not taken for granted. Else the journey from friend to foe will be a swift one.
Words take our labour of love and hardwork ( manuscripts) to the altar of publishing, or, get them deposited at the bottom of the slush pile. God has given us writers a gift with words. Our writing careers depends on how we have used these words, or, abused them.
As we writers live in the world of words ; we are lost without our daily dose of words, don’t you all think that we should ensure that our words are the best possible words that a reader comes in contact with. The time we spend in nurturing our friendships should be directed to our words too.
This relationship at times breezes through, sometimes it gets complicated: it’s when we fall in love with our words and refuse to be parted from them that problems arise. Though we don’t consciously pick fights with our friends, we just drift apart due to different interests, clash of values, or, lack of time. The same policy can be adopted with words; words that do not enhance our story, or, slow it down, have to go. It should be an amicable separation, not a bitter parting; because we will definitely meet and need these words again for the next manuscript.
As a student of literature, I was told to learn few new words every week. Not just learn them, but also their meaning and use them in sentences. “There is nothing like building your vocabulary,” our English teacher often urged us. Somewhere along the way I dropped that habit and got stuck inside the intricate web of character arcs, plot twists, synopsis and hooks.
But the other day while explaining to my students I realized the importance of that particular exercise which I had long forgotten. It’s never too late to start building, or, in our cases adding to our vocabulary.
Have you added to your treasure trove of words lately? Which new word have you learnt recently? Lets all share from our treasure chest of words.