Words Have an Impact—Are You Using Yours Wisely?
by Joanne Troppello
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21)
Do you realize the importance and the power of words? Your words have impact and the way we speak to each other and the tone of our voices is powerful—life and death is in the tongue. One of my favorite Bible verses is found in Proverbs 18:21. “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
How does this apply to the words we, as authors, write?
I believe the same principle applies—our words matter.
As authors, we take great pains to make certain that the words we write and the stories that take shape are our best work. We edit those words. We reread them. Then we edit them again. We want our finished product to exemplify the story that our imagination birthed.
Does this process apply to everything we write?
Words matter. Even when we write emails or texts, or post comments on Facebook and Twitter, and when we write our blogs—we need to remember the principle that life and death is in our words.
Always keep in mind that your words have impact. When you send an email, you can’t take it back. Are you sure you were happy with the email you sent? It may not seem like a big deal, but everything we write will come around. Do you want it to haunt you or bless you?
When you write a blog, try to keep it professional but find the balance with a sense of your unique personality. Make your blog inviting to those who follow you. Remember that you are not only writing to your readers and fellow authors, but also to those publishers and book reviewers who happen to find your blog.
If you are writing with a negative attitude and bashing other authors or giving a tirade about your noisy neighbors, that won’t seem very professional to readers and could turn them away. Your negative words could lead to a lost book deal or lost connection for a reader giving you a great book review.
When you do an author interview, if you’re speaking on the radio, be professional.
However, share your own personality and give the sense that you are a friendly person. When you are completing interview questions to be posted online on a blog or magazine, remember the same principle—the power of words.
Just remember that at any point in time, someone out there in the world could be reading your interview. Don’t be negative but keep a positive tone.
If you are at a book signing, keep to the same principle.
You don’t want to let a bad day negatively affect how you speak to your fans. Always keep the filter on your mouth and think before you speak. This is a lesson we all need to continually learn day by day.
Of course, I’m not telling you to act fake and not who you really are. It’s just that as an author, you do have a higher responsibility to be careful with your words—if you’re looking to be a blessing to others and not a negative force in this world.
There are so many instances where we, as authors, will need to write words and speak words. When you are writing a letter or email to a prospective publisher or agent, keep the tone professional, yet friendly. Always remain cognizant of the power of life and death in your words…your words matter.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.