No, I did not get that saying wrong. I've changed it around a bit, because it is true, an image can be and is a powerful thing, but I don’t think we should put down the power of words.
Think about the word ‘once.’
A thousand different pictures can come to mind. A first kiss. A fairy tale cover. Holding hands. Standing over a grave.
You can interpret that single word, one syllable, into thousands of situations and images. And each one, belongs to the word in a way that no other picture can.
Crazy, isn’t it?
And if you are still doubting me, think of a setting in a book you love. Those brilliantly crafted sentences conjure images in your mind, and I would bet a hundred thousand dollars that the image of the setting in your mind is different from everyone else’s who has read that book.
Our memories, experiences, places we’ve been, and imagination tweak the words we read into images in our mind. We are essentially creating our own personal movies as we read.
|Words allow us to carry around worlds with us.|
Words entertain us. They provide an escape.
Words put things in motion. A simple ‘hello’ could lead to a life-changing situation or relationship.
Words inspire us to be as brave, to believe in love, to speak out.
Words can build us up, or bring us crashing down. I am the kind of person who takes every word ever said to me, and then runs them over and over in my mind until I think I know the true meaning behind them. If you say something slightly insulting, even not really meaning it, I can assure you those words will make me question everything I do.
Similarly, one compliment can make my whole day.
But back to the power of words.
In both real life and writing, we need to consider the words we wield. We can twist them, or make them beautiful. Words can be a weapon or a gift.
The images we create with words can mean different things to different people. The thousands of images a writer creates can touch the hearts of thousands.
I'm not sure about you, but I want to be that kind of writer.
I want to use the power of words to inspire.
What inspires you in your writing? What is your dream for the words you write? Do you want your words to inspire and motivate people? Let me know in the comments; I'd love to hear from you!