The Power of Words

the-nonconformist-3This week as I was typing my second draft of my new novel “The Waves of Fate” I was shocked to see I had already written over 60,000 words through the first 110 pages of it. Considering my novel “The Nonconformist” was around 450 pages, that means it was comprised by a staggering 240,000 words more or less.

This made we wonder where all of those words came from and how I was able to blend them all into a complete story that got across the points I was trying to make. (I suppose the reader will have to be the judge as to how well I accomplished this however).

To be honest, in looking back at the journey I took in writing “The Nonconformist” and the one I am taking with my new novel, I have no idea how I came up with all of those thoughts, ideas and story lines.

What I am certain of is that words have a great deal of power. If they didn’t then why would people take the time to read or talk or listen in the first place. Words can move us and touch us in many ways. They can make us laugh, cry or make us consider things we have never considered before or take us to places we’ve never been but feel we have after hearing them or reading about them.

When I write, the one thing that is a constant for me is that I want to touch the reader and have them identify with the characters and the feelings and challenges they feel and have to deal with. In my writing I also try to give an insight into how I view the world and the feelings I have experienced. In the end I hope to leave them not only with the enjoyment of a good read but also with a better understanding of themselves, the world and others.

It has often been said that “sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me”. For me, the saying does not hold much water. I have had the snot beaten out of me by people I should have been able to trust or after  jumping into the middle of a fight to protect someone. But while I still have some of the physical scars  from those beatings I don’t carry with me anywhere near the scars left from hurtful words that were spoken about me or to me.

By the same token, I carry with me, to this day, nearly all the words of encouragement, support and praise I have been given over the years as well as words 0f well meaning constructive criticism that helped me to become a better person.

I believe then that we have two choices with regards to the words we use. We can either use them wisely and with the intention of uplifting others or we can chose to use hurtful, negative ones that bring someone down. Either way we need to understand those words will most likely last within those whom we have spoken to or written about them for many years at the very least.

Thanks again for checking in and please let me have the benefit of your thoughts about my blog either positive or as well meaning constructive criticism. In the interim, have a great week and I’ll look forward to seeing you back here again next week.

Aloha, Paul

About authorpaulhayden

Author, artist, screenwriter, environmentalist. husband, father, surfer, surfing instructor, volunteer.
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2 Responses to The Power of Words

  1. Nadine says:

    With all you have been through Paul I’m amazed at your positive attitude and your willingness to try to express that thought through your writings. If just one person can turn things around by getting what you’re trying to say through words….what an accomplishment. Nadine

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    • Thanks Nadine. Your comments are very touching and inspiring. I’m very fortunate to have been given the gift of writing (that by the way would be a most shocking thing for my English teachers) to help me work through my stuff and come to a better place. You are and have always been a good friend and role model. Sincerely, Paul

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