Monday, March 28, 2016

Writing Is an Art Form

I confess, I've been a little frustrated lately. Language is a beautiful thing full of nuance and shade and light. Well-chosen words can convince men to go to war and women to fall in love. The classics shape our minds and our world view. The modern classics tell us about today's human condition. Books are valuable. Stories are precious. Words are powerful and compelling. Communication is a priceless gift.

However, as time goes on and we see grammar rules shift and morph into something simpler, we are losing some of that refinement of speech. Meanings aren't as clear anymore. Sometimes it's hard to guess at the author's real meaning. And I'm afraid that as time goes on, beautiful language is going to be come rare.

This is where we can make a difference, authors. Please don't let yourself allowed to be swayed by the "easier is better" mindset - please always be seeking to tell your stories in the best possible way so we can preserve what makes language special and unique. Always seek to improve your craft. Always work on finding a better turn of phrase or stand-out voice. Writing is an art form, one we can fight to preserve.

1 comment:

Donna K. Weaver said...

Like not being able to read cursive ...