DSCN8554Writers love words.  Words are the tools by which we tell our tales.  All of us who write sit surrounded by dictionaries, thesauruses and the Chicago Manual of Style ready to grab should we need information.

However, once in awhile, a certain word comes along that instantly conjurs up an unpleasant event from the past.  This works much the same way that music instantly carries you back to some person, place or event that’s been dormant in your memory for a long time.  Music usually brings something pleasant to the fore.  But words can wound like bullets, once spoken.  They can create scars that never heal.

A word that immediately rankles was not spoken to me, but to someone I know.  It was used to  justify a situation where lives changed forever, even though for years, other carefully architected words had hidden the fact this jolt was coming. Now that normally innocuous word will forever be a catalyst that instantly reignites memories of that awful day.  The word is leverage.  Isn’t it astounding how powerful  just one word can be? 

This is the reason those of us who are writers always choose our words carefully. 

Author Jackie Taylor Zortman

Author Jackie Taylor Zortman

Jackie is the author of the First Place Award Winning novel FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST and WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW – A Grandparent’s Journey With Grief.  Both books are available as trade paperbacks, Kindle and Nook at http://www.Amazon.com or http://www.barnesandnoble.com, http://www.shopOTPbooks. com and All Romance eBooks at https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-footprintsinthefrost-1990300-152.html.  FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST is also available on Apple’s iBooks at:  https://itun.es/us/_-X0ab.l


About jtzortman

Author of "WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW" - A Grandparent's Journey Through Grief, first place award winning novel "FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST" and award-winning novel "SNOW ANGEL". Contributing author to anthologies "Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides", "American Blue", "Recipes by the Book: Oak Tree Authors Cook" and "The Centennial Book of The National Society of Daughters of the Union 1861-1865". Numerous articles, poems and short stories published since 1990. Charter Member of the Public Safety Writers Association and member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Winner of ten writing awards. I live in a quaint Colorado mountain tourist town with my husband and Siamese cat. When deeps snows blanket the terrain and spectacular views from my windows, it becomes the perfect spot in which to write.
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12 Responses to WORDS

  1. Linda N. Reed says:

    Oh, yes! Words. How powerful they are, to look so innocent here upon this page. I believe those of us who write are perhaps more sensitive than most to their true power, more easily crushed or uplifted by words tossed casually about by others. Thanks for the reminder, Jackie, to be cautious with their use.


  2. Barbara Shepperson says:

    Well said, Jackie!


  3. sharonervin says:

    An insightful blog, concise and accurate. You chose your words well in this effort. I appreciated it entirely.


  4. jtzortman says:

    Yes, my current book is FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST. It’s a Dark Oak Mystery and is about a homicide detective and his life on and off the job.


  5. Odd what triggers (for us and others) are floating out there that we don’t recognize. Your point is well taken, Jackie.


  6. jtzortman says:

    Thanks, Thonie. I don’t know if you’ve been reading the PSWA list-serv, but I’ve had a lot of reponses from different guys, all of whom have that “one word”. It’s been interesting to hear the words others are sensitive to.


  7. Olivia Milton says:

    Excellent! So very well ‘worded’!!!


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