Have you ever heard a speaker whose speech had a rhythmic or melodious quality? The subject matter may not be of interest to us but we still want to hear them. It’s as though there is a magical quality in how they communicate. This is how our language is meant to be spoken. It is, in a way, a puzzle that may have many solutions but one forced piece can distort the finished work.
We strive for greatness in our own writings and may use words we find in referencing sources, such as a thesaurus, thinking it will add merit to our writing. Doing this can cause a distortion in the flow of your writing. It requires more than just a glance at a list of similar words. If you want to use a word that is unfamiliar, take time to research how it is used in our language. The practice of clicking on the thesaurus and picking a word from a list will show itself in your writing as well as your speech. This may bring criticism and ridicule from others.
You are a writer and as such you should take pride in the tools of your trade. William Shakespeare is credited with adding many words to the English language. His writings were used to build references in the dictionary in the 1800’s. He most likely did not invent these words but he used words being spoken in the language of his time in his writings. Shakespeare is thought of as a prolific writer because of the many works he produced. He was a master of the English language allowing him to create great literature. This is one of the advantages of taking the time to read as much material as we can. Joining writing clubs, groups or online forums allow you to gain experience in the use of a language. Writing reflects who we are as a person. Whether we are skilled or lazy will show in our words.
A beginner can also achieve this title of prolific by using the tools we have, not by borrowing words we don’t use as a regular part of our vocabulary. This will only diminish the effectiveness of our art. Every word is a tool and should be practiced before applying it to something we are creating. The words we have gained skill in using are sufficient in creating a masterpiece so avoid the temptation of handling words that are beyond our ability to use. They may look like a way to increase the merit of our work but in reality will stand out as clumsy if used by a layman.
An apprentice carpenter must master each tool by practicing on scrap wood before allowed to work on usable material; we must also have the willpower to train ourselves before using more powerful and intricate tools at our disposal.
I may be able to build a house but attempting to build an Egyptian pyramid would only be a labor of futility. That doesn’t mean the house isn’t beautiful and I can always learn to build a pyramid.
About The Author
Robert Hatfield hails from mid-western Ohio. Comedy and Adventure stories are his passion. Editing and Reviewing are the fields of work he enjoys. Writing has been an interest for the past 25 years and he now has the time to pursue it. As a Moderator on Thoughtsinc.net, he welcomes any questions or requests for help.
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