A String of Pearls

I recently read a post on a blog that boasts many well-known writers as contributors. This particular entry caught my attention with its complex sentences and deep thoughts.

My first reaction was to feel inadequate as a writer. I compared myself to someone who has been in the business a lot longer than me. I wondered how I, a novice, could ever rise to a level even close to that kind of prose?

Then I thought about it for awhile. What kind of words do I want to spill onto the page?

Do I want an intricate tango of words, complex in their construction, leaving my reader to chew over their meaning? Or . . . a simple string of beautiful pearls?

If my writing were a beverage, I'd rather my words be a clear glass of water, than a fine wine--leaving the receiver to puzzle out the flavors. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy writing that makes me stop, think, and even chew. It's good for me.

But for now, I think I'll paractice writing words with clarity, rather than trying to impress with any philosophical ideas I might have. Just a thought. How about you?


  1. Debbie,
    Thanks for the insight! I sometimes feel the same way, which then makes me neglect writing poetry or songs, thinking "why would anyone enjoy this??" However I know I have to put that type of negative thinking aside, the result, I wrote a simple song the other night and I'm very pleased with it! Now on to getting it recorded!
    Much love,

  2. Chrystal-

    How did I miss the fact that you're a songwriter? That's fantastic. I really hope you get it recorded. Keep me posted!

  3. This is something that I think every writer has to seriously consider when sussing out "voice." I recently submitted work to a group of writers in a workshop, and some said, "I was distracted by your choice of words." Others said they loved all the words and weren't confused a bit.

    If using certain words confuses the meaning, they should definitely go. But when it comes to how you write, your "voice," there is no right or wrong. Some will love it, some won't. But as long as you're getting across what you want, who cares!

  4. I agree with you, Sarah. We definitely can't please all the readers all the time. Just writing what's true for us is challenging enough! Enjoyed your blog!



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