Saturday, October 17, 2009

Writing Soul to Soul

Writing Soul to Soul
by Cindy R. Williams


I loved the blogs posted this last couple of weeks. Some made me think, while others made me giggle. I appreciate these blogs that touch me. I believe the sign of a good writer is one that can write words that reach deep into the reader, or better yet, talk to the soul.

Talking to the soul, now that is a worthy goal for a writer. If we can reach the point in our writing where we can write so clear, and with such deep honesty, that we touch souls, just think of the power for good our writing would be.

"The pen is mightier than the sword," has been taught by every English and Journalism teacher/professor I have ever taken classes from. Although I have no desire to use a sword and slay anyone, I do have a great desire to perfect my writing. I want to write heart to heart, or soul to soul.

I don't believe we have to use big words, great flowery descriptions, fancy dialog etc. to write to the soul. Simple and clean seems to work the best. Some of Robert Frost's poems are written with simple words, but they strike deep into the soul. Another favorite poet, Shel Silverstein uses simple words so well that he tickles the funny bone of adults and children alike. Consider Dr. Suess, now that is writing soul to soul.

4 comments:

  1. I love Robert Frost and Sir Alexander Pope and Tennyson as they all speak clearly for our time as well as theirs. I think it's time I go revisit them. My favorite is "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening." What's yours?

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  2. "A Time to Talk" and "The Rose Family," are two of my favorites. I like how we each bring our own life experiences to the written word, and it means something different to each of us.

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  3. Love your post, Cindy! I am in complete agreement!

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  4. Thanks Kari. It is a funny thing. I only see you twice a year at Conference and Retreat, but I miss you and am glad to hear from you on this blog and on the ANWA sites now and again! Are you going to try to make it down for Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 ANWA Conference? I hope so!

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