The Charm of Words
Writing has been non existent as of late. Life comes fast and is relentlessness in its constant badgering, so writing isn’t happening as much as it should. But I am taking time to write this because I feel like I need to write something.
I visited my blog page earlier and realized that I never explained where the name for this blog came from. So, that’s what I’m doing today. Something simple and something that isn’t too taxing on my poor, stressed out brain.
As an avid reader, I come across brilliant musings from all sorts of authors. About a year ago, I read a book called The Shadow of the Torturer by the well-acclaimed Gene Wolfe. To me, the book was interesting and beautifully crafted (and I really need to finish the series). More importantly, it gave me my favourite quote thus far. The exact quote:
By the use of the language of sorrow I had for the time being obliterated my sorrow — so powerful the charm of words, which for us reduces to manageable entities all the passions that would otherwise madden and destroy us.
Instantly, I fell in love with this. Not only was it beautiful, but the truth in the statement itself held a beauty that I think speaks to many writers. And the influence of that statement is…indescribable.
The charm of words — how we are able to manipulate and craft words and language as if they were clay beneath our fingertips — is astounding. And I named my blog after that quote because that is what I believe is my purpose in life: to charm the world with words. I’m to influence and explore words in a deeper way in order change the world in a positive manner. I feel as if it is my duty to do as Severian did in Mr. Wolfe’s novel to use words to relieve people and myself of sorrow. I just want to make a difference and so that’s what this blog is named for. Thanks for reading. Until next time…