Words are a form of action, capable of producing change.
Write on Wednesday is a great blog you may have seen floating around, providing prompts each Wednesday for writers to muse over. Reading today’s prompt and skimming through the prompts of the past few weeks, I began to wonder what the mentality is when analyzing these prompts for a reader v. a writer. The quote above, can apply to both. Writer’s write to put ideas into motion, to initiate change, and it is the readers that read the words, who interpret those words and apply them to their own life in some way. Words incite action, good or bad.
Last week was banned book week. Each of the book that had been banned had one commonality. They were banned to prevent a form of change that certain people deemed inappropriate. Change of ideas. Change of beliefs, change of actions.
We can’t reliably say that words produce only good change. Change is change, and you make do with what you have, you learn from your mistakes, and you grow a little. Without change there is little that we can understand.
Think of all the magnificent speeches made over the years that provoked change. Queen Elizabeth I speaking to her troops against the Spanish Armada, Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have A Dream Speech, Caesar Chavez’s speech uniting the immigrant farm workers in California through a fast similar to Ghandi’s demanding fairness and equality. Knowledge is power, knowledge of literacy, of knowing the right word to say at the right time to the right people.
The more you read, the smarter you become, you can analyze the writing, and understand the hidden meaning. You can apply what you read to your own life, because sometimes, fiction mimics fact.
What do you think? Are there any special books, speeches that have made a profound influence on your life?