Writers 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.
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