This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox.
January 19, 2016 prompt: “Read Up: Let's explore the power of words. Did a writer delight you, make you think, or impact you in some other way? Write a review, or share a favorite line from something you've read.”
Catchy Phrase and Powerful Words.
I love to read. Right now I have three books going: A Sookie Stackhouse (Vampire) novel, a cozy (light-weight fluffy mystery—think “Murder She Wrote” or Agatha Christie ), and I'm listening to a fantasy audio book for the commute to work (LOL—its 15 minutes if that!). I haven’t added the fourth one (to replace the romance I just finished). I like options. As long as they are different authors and genres I keep them straight. I made a mistake once, a year or so back—I had two books by the same suspense author I love and couldn’t decide which one to start. I ended up finishing a second book and still hadn’t figured out which one I wanted to read next, so I started both. I had an awful time keeping the characters and the plots straight. I had to reread passages everytime I pick one of them up. So from then on, I make sure they are four different authors and genres.
A line from the cozy is rolling around in my head, “The third time I screamed within twenty-four hours, I found another body.” Or something like that. I’m thinking that would have been a great first line. Maybe I can change the stalled novel start to something like that. Except I don’t have a protag with a knack for screaming…or finding bodies. Still, it’s a great line. Had I not known this was the start of a Murder Mystery Weekend and one of the bodies was a fake, I would have been wondering what kind of a murder magnet this chick was. Even knowing the details, I liked the line and the possibilities it hinted at.
I love the power of words—written or spoken. They can transport us to other words, or real places we might never visit. They can convey our thoughts and beliefs to those around us. They can incite or calm. They can bind and discourage or they can provide a framework and encouragement. They can harm or heal. And because of that, we need to choose our words carefully.
Now, if I can just get about the business of choosing the right words to write.