The magical power of words

As writers we have great power to frame and reframe the ordinary and everday into something magical, and extraordinary.

This is how Anais Nin describes that power - and responsibility:

“It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.”

I came across two great examples of magical writing last week.  The first was Liz Strauss talking about magical dust and the need to hold on to our six year old view of the world.  As she writes:

“We can make magic just by choosing what we’re seeing and believing.”

I think we can do this in our writing too.  Perhaps by sprinkling our words with a bit of that magic dust.

And then I came across ‘Beyond Mathematics’ by Andre at ‘a beautiful revolution’.  He’s writing about the things that go beyond what we can pin down, define, equate.  Beyond mathematics.  Beyond my words.

It’s not a care for things they say you need. It’s magical. Mystical. Brighter than gold. A thing that can’t be sold.

It’s not written as a poem - but it speaks like one.

It’s not about anything deep and meaningful.

Just the stuff of everyday magic.

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One Response to “The magical power of words”

  1. On April 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm Matt Hayward responded with... #

    Oooh! I definitely like this post, Joanna. Two really beautiful quotes that capture the essence of writing perfectly.

    Normally, I like to give input on the subject matter, but here I feel nothing else needs be said.


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