Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Writer and Vocabulary

Each word carries weight. I love to read a writer who cherishes words, whose prose creates a story that becomes so real that I “suspend disbelief” and enter the story. When a writer draws me into a new landscape, a setting— miles away from my home, I am more than an armchair traveler. The place is yet another character in the story.

I am influenced by words and the chewiness of language, the specialized phrases and names that have come out of human work and travel through the landscapes.
Annie Proulx

Then there are those writers who love words—for themselves.

Read the essay in
Narrative Magazine—"A Few More Words"
"I own a few sacred words, words of such beauty I desire to be worthy of them. "—Richard Gilbert

AND

A Writer's words by Richard Gilbert


I think people become writers because they are compulsive wordsmiths.
—Margaret Atwood in The Times

Check out the NPr podcast—A Way with Words

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