By Promod Puri

“words are the tools of writing.”

But not quite so!

Words, in fact, are the bricks and mortars we select and gather to build a structure. Its architecture and construction are based on our thoughts, opinions, and feelings, perceptions and impressions, or sharing of information, knowledge, and experiences.

In our learning faculty, there is a library of words being accumulated from early childhood. We retrieve them from our memory cells to begin the composition of a story, novel, essay, poetry, and all other literary and non-literary works or writing a simple personal diary.

Moreover, comprehensive dictionaries offer thousands of words stacked in alphabetical order.

Just like bricks, words are cast in different sizes, but each is carrying its own identity and impact. It is in this semantic profile that words give an outlook and character to writing.

Words are liberal in their nature. If a word is not the right one or it does not fit into the rigid demand of a writer, it offers a whole stockpile of alternative synonyms choices.

Words are not the writing tools, but when they are put together by the skills of a wordsmith, the whole composition becomes a tool by itself. Primarily, writing is the tool of communication which we need as a compliment to speaking. But writing goes beyond spoken words. It stays longer or forever.

Is writing hard work? Not really, so far as there are enough bricks around in different sizes and shapes, along with a sound idea or subject matter, that a structure can be built and redesigned or even renovated.

The technicality of writing lies in its grammar as well as those little but indispensable characters, called punctuation marks, offering control and disciplinary mechanism in this creative development.

However, objectivity, sensitivities, and rationality are the basic guidelines in raising a writing structure which is otherwise stalled when these feelings lack honesty and sincerity.

Under these guidelines, writing offers good companionship. As well as “writing is the only way to talk without being interrupted.”(Jules Renard, novelist, and playwright).

(Promod Puri is a freelance writer and author of “Hinduism beyond rituals, customs, and traditions”). Websites: promodpuri.com, progressivehindudialogue.com, and promodpuri.blogspot.ca




  1. Hints to the Ancient Wisdom. says:

    Good one! I feel that expressing ideas through words is more of an art. In “Philological Studies” and “The secret of the Veda”, Sri Aurobindo explains very beautifully about the origin of language and how the ancient system of language(s) differed from the present ones, in terms of their freedom, structure and a huge scope for innovating a whole set of families of trees of root words. I guess that is the reason why in vēdic/ancient lore, huge amount of information is encapsulated in few words while the present day language needs us to express a lot more than what is required (like this paragh! 😛 ).


    • Promod Puri says:

      Thanks for your quite thoughtful comments. Selection of words and their placements in writing is indeed an art, and that is why those who indulge in this art are called Wordsmith. True mantras and shaloks in Hindu scriptures carry a lot of meanings and wisdom in very few words.

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