Word Chemistry

Sometimes I read a book and I’m looking for something.
I ask myself what it might be. Words.
Odd. We all have the same ones to pick from.
In this language anyway.
I tell myself not to do this, but rather to enjoy the writing.
Instead I secretly keep looking.
Scouting how some of the greats used their words.
What blend of complexity, or straightforwardness,
did they use. And where did they end
the sentence, or did they continue while fetching
another thought to dice into the world of wonderment.

-M. Taggart

13 thoughts on “Word Chemistry

  1. And you’re not alone in this at all, brother! As someone who strives to be one of the greats–in my own way, journey and fashion–I cannot help it but analyze everything when I am reading. When someone sees some words that come together to make the story, I see how all of these other words could also create the same story but the author specifically chose these words to evoke something, possibly, beyond what the simple eye sees. And other times, I just need to read the book and stop spending so much time in my head, haha!

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  2. I love the unending possibilities of the written word. I seem to gain more enjoyment from what I’m reading when it has a flow or rhythm to it. Just knowing I wrote something that put a smile on someone’s face, makes all the frustration of finding the right ‘word’ worth it. You just put a smile on my face. 🙂

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  3. Great title! Represents exactly what writing feels to me. The moment I realized what I wanted to do when I grew up, it was because I realized the words were the reason. I wanted, nay needed to populate my world with more words than I’d encountered to date. How they sound, the way they roll off my tongue, how they make sense with the others I choose; words enrich me for what they bring to my senses. And becoming a writer was one of the best things I ever did.


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