Just words…


(Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will shortly be no older ones. Literacy will be dead, and democracy – which many believe goes hand in hand with it – will be dead as well.)

(The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.) ~Anaïs Nin

(Let me walk through the fields of paper
touching with my wand
dry stems and stunted
~Denise Levertov, “A Walk through the Notebooks”

Just words

A writer told me. You are too kind. Never a negative comment in public places. I told him. Negative words do not help. If you want to assist. Assist in private.

My advice is simple for all writers. Every poem or story need the when, where, who, why and how of every action or situation. Must describe location, characters and the situation. Make each scene come alive.

I’m far from perfect. I need to edit more and stay in the same tenses. You can confuse and lose the reader when you jump around. A proper edit and re-read with patience, every poem or story. Seek help and be thankful when given.

Words, my friend.  Shared are gifts for us readers. If you don’t like style, subject matter or plot.  Don’t read. The world is large and wild. Better to learn and try to understand the words shared.

Just words. Words can change our world. For better or worst?

Coyote/John Castellenas