It’s time to celebrate the joy, beauty and power of our words, and once again I’m joining in on the week-long discussion over at Words Matter 2012!
~ Truman Capote
Like ice cream, written words come in many flavors. Each one laced with their own particular art.
Lyrical. Charming. Elucidating.
Fun, mysterious, or simply technical.
Like Mr. Capote…it’s the lyrical that soars my heart most. Words that sing off the page, lifting images and emotions before me, so real I can nearly see, touch, hear…and sometimes… even smell them. This is the style I aspire to write most…and the first I look for in a great read. When I was a teen, Charles Dickens and Taylor Caldwell were two authors who did that for me. These days, modern day novelists capture me with their poetic pen… Elizabeth Musser, Lynn Austin, to name a few (I’ve written about their beautiful wordcrafting in my posts, Simply Put – A Must Read… and Looking for a good read?).
Other times, I crave the cozy writer’s charm. Warm as a cup of cocoa. Mystery authors like Mary Stewart, Enid Blyton and Veronica Heley (such as I described in An American Review of an “English Cosy,” a.k.a — A Delightful Read!and Adventure is… Romance ) Or romantic charmers like Rosamunde Pilcher.
When I want to read to discover something new or solve a problem or uncover inspirational truths, it’s the writer with a teaching bent who captures my attention – the one who writes clearly and weaves personal stories to illustrate the points they are describing. It isn’t poetry I’m looking for here…though it can add to the treasure if done appropriately…but words that ring with clarity and truth. Stories that inspire me to take a chance.
And as a copywriter, I’ve often felt – surprising as it may sound – that even technical writing takes an art of it’s own. For there’s nothing like finding the right word with the right rhythm…
No matter the flavor… the joy IS in making (or reading!) music with words.
© Pam Depoyan