A rose is a rose is a rose . . . unless it is thorny reminder of last night’s horrendous first date headed for the trash can or possibly a silken, heady scented flower that sways gently with breeze as she opens the door.
It never fails to amaze how powerful words can be. The right ones can draw a person so deeply into a story that you only resurface with the final page. The wrong ones can leave the book sitting on the shelf for the next person to pick up.
And at the same time it is all subjective. Those same words that caused you to put that book back on the shelf, can easily stop another person in their tracks and have them reaching for their wallet.
It’s crazy. And wonderful. And downright magical.
And it is not just novels and books that benefit from the joining of various vowels and consonants. Advertisements, commercials, websites – heck just about anything and everything. As I write this blog, there is a cheerful little greeting in the upper corner of this page saying “Howdy Meredith.” It’s friendly, casual and remarkably charming. I like it. It makes me smile.
Last night, in another late night countdown moment, I ordered shoes to go to the Romance Writer’s National conference in New York at the end of the month. After ordering, I received an email informing me that my order had been received and even as I read the email my shoes were being “carefully plucked” from their shelves. Someone with a sense of humor and the appropriate reverence for shoes wrote that. It may be their standard email, but it told me something about that company. I’ll be ordering from them again.
When I go back and edit, the power of each word I chose is uppermost in my mind. Am I getting caught up in my own story? Did a certain phrase take me out of the moment? Or perhaps not draw me in enough?
Words have such amazing power. They have a magic all unto themselves.
What words inspire or move you?