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The Power of Words


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We hear so much on the news, FB, even Twitter about bullying.  Yet we pay little head to the power of words.

Yet words can eviscerate you and it only takes a few. I’ve known people with that ability.  A four or five-word sentence can demolish you. Some words bruise your ego, others are a slap in the face.  Then there are those that hit you in the gut as if someone slammed a fist into your stomach.  The worst are the words that carve you up and leave you raw in a state of “walking wounded”.

There are those, however, with an inane ability to heal with a single word.  They pour honey on an open wound, make you feel special or unique, wanted and loved and more precious than gold. It comes instinctively, inborn. You want to wrap yourself around them and bask in the glow of their loving tender gentle kind words forever.

Sasha Darlington just wrote a piece about music.  It has the same effect. It can lift you up, bring tears of joy or drop you into the depths of despair or evoke unbelievable happiness.

I’ve never thought that my words could evoke emotion, and yet recently a very dear blogger told me that something I’ve written was painfully beautiful.  I was taken aback, shocked and surprised.  My writing, mostly, is heartfelt, the words often, suddenly there, as if from nowhere.  I shall pay more attention to the emotions behind the words as I write them from now on.

The intent of any writer is to evoke emotion, whether it be anger, sadness, fear or loneliness. Conversely, happiness, joy, attachment, affection, compassion and empathy are also evoked in a single moment.

I imagine then, that is why some music, the melody along with a well-written verse, remains with us forever.  The writers of old, are still some of the most amazing because their writing evoked emotion.  Again, words, well chosen and well received have lasted through the hallways of time.

Truly amazing what a few well-chosen words or verses or prose can do.



  1. cwaugh212 says:

    A consummate wordsmith can play a readers emotions like a convert violinist. It is a learned skill. I study passages that play my emotional strings to see how it is achieved. It is a fascinating study.

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  2. Your writing has certainly evoked emotion in me, scared me, touched me and made me laugh. You make me laugh a lot 😉

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  3. Sheryl says:

    When you write from the heart as you do, you will evoke emotion in others by design or not. That’s what good writers do my dear.


  4. s1ngal says:

    Countless times I have been a victim of this… “A four or five-word sentence can demolish you.”


  5. gjseth says:

    Very true. Words remain forever in our minds 🙂

    Check out and follow my blog if you’d like 🙂


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