It is said, “Words are the tools of writing.”

But not quite so!

Instead, words are the bricks and mortars we select and gather to build a structure. Its architecture and construction get initiative from our thoughts, opinions, feelings, emotions, perceptions, impressions, or sharing of information, knowledge, and experiences.

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

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

Like bricks, words are cast in different sizes, but each carries its own identity and impact. In this semantic profile, words give an outlook and character to writing.

Words are generous in their meanings or interpretations. They don’t mind being replaced with other words. If a comment is incorrect or does not fit a writer’s rigid demand, it offers a whole stockpile of alternative synonyms choices.

Words are not writing tools, but when the skills of a wordsmith place them together, the whole composition becomes a tool by itself.

Primarily, writing is the tool of communication that we need to complement speaking. But writing goes beyond spoken words. It stays longer or forever.

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

The technicality of writing lies in its grammar and those minor 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. Moreover, writing involves diverse interests, information and flexibility to avoid mindset views. Specializing in one subject or genre need not ignore other issues, news, concerns or knowledge. Everything is interconnected. If these factors and feelings get neglected or discounted, writing gets stalled.

Overall, writing offers good companionship.

Novelist, and playwright Jules Renard, says, “writing is the only way to talk without being interrupted.”

(Number of “bricks” used in the construction of this writing: 357)

Promod Puri

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