Words can change the world

Posted: 23 January, 2012 in writing

I love being a writer. I love that good writers can produce something so brilliant it can actually change my opinions or help show me what a whole other world or time is like.

I’ve spent the last week lost in two of my favourite books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.  I love his stories and his writing style so much I want to read them over and over again. He takes me to a place and time I never knew existed before reading his books.  GGM reminds me of a quote by Leslie Stephen:  “If it’s worth reading, it’s worth reading twice.”

My love of revisiting my favourite reads got me thinking about the books I’ve read over the years and how many of them I think about even all these years later. There have even been articles and essays I’ve clipped out of magazines because I wanted to read them again (I know I’m not the only one who does this, right?).  Then I started thinking about how many ways writing can change the world. Speeches, newspapers, feature articles, books, magazines, art, graffiti, movie scripts, plays, poetry, letters, cards, religious texts, jokes, diaries/journals, newsletters, essays, blogs, ads, documentaries and television series scripts are just some of the way words have been used to change opinion, entertain, teach, sell or even help someone fall in love.

This is one of the (many) things I love about being a writer. Writing can really change the world, whether it’s our own personal world or the world at large. If I ever succeed at this writing thing, I guess the only thing I can hope for is that I am able to change my world for the better.



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