When you stop and think about it, there are probably millions, if not billions, of books in the world these days. Just look around and you will find people everywhere writing, blogging, and texting until we could literally float away on a river of words. There is strength in those numbers and if everyone is doing it, then all those words must mean something. Right?
Not necessarily. Some words when chosen carefully, can quite literally change the course of history. But then there are other words that tear humanity down. No matter how they are camouflaged, words of hate reflect on the character of the writer themselves and do nothing to lift up the people they target.
I'm texty and I know it. I want my words to mean something. I want the stories I create to be built on a foundation of respect for others. I want to honor their existence by choosing carefully the magic I bring them, for my words can either lift the spirit or do untold damage.
Some writers don't realize the power they have within themselves. Or maybe they don't care. Maybe some writers simply want their fifteen minutes of fame no matter how it may hurt those around them at the time. I believe in my heart that most writers are better than that. The writers I have met are creators of empowering works of written art which help this world become a little bit better place. Their kind and giving nature challenges them to choose their words carefully so that others may see the beauty they envision.
Which type of writer are you? Does your writing lift up your readers, encouraging them to always strive to become a better version of themselves? Or do you leave them feeling lost and misguided because you have not taken the time to make your words the strongest they can be? The success of a writer is built from many things, but the most important building blocks you have is your words.