“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
Words Matter Week Is Coming!
A whole week devoted to the written word . . . and I’m excited!
I confess that I’m a word geek. From playing word games like Scrabble, Boggle, and crossword puzzles to highlighting a passage of breathtaking prose, I have a thing for words (though if you’ve visited my blog more than once, you’ve probably figured that out).
The more I read and write, the more conscious I become of the power of words. Words really do matter.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. ~Rudyard Kipling
- Death and life are in the power of the tongue. ~Proverbs 18:21a
- A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. ~Proverbs 25:11
- Poorly chosen words can kill enthusiasm, impact self-esteem, lower expectations and hold people back. Well chosen ones can motivate, offer hope, create vision, impact thinking and alter results. ~Nan S. Russell
Yep. Words matter.
And that’s why I’m looking forward to celebrating National Words Matter Week. Sponsored by the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE), this event focuses on the importance of words, particularly the written word.
How To Participate
Anyone with an interest in words and writing will enjoy participating in Words Matter Week, including educators, bloggers, writers, libraries, and homeschoolers nationwide. There are many creative ways to get involved. Here are just a few:
In Our Write Minds: Check my blog every day during Words Matter Week for vocabulary-building and word game ideas, activities for parents and kids, helpful links, a contest or two—and some thoughts on why words matter.
Words Matter blog: During March 1-7, you’ll find a daily blog challenge.
Words Matter Week: Ideas that encourage participation from homeschoolers, schools, bloggers, libraries, churches, bookstores, and more.
Communication FUNdamentals is running a weeklong contest March 1-5, 2010
So I hope you’ll join me next week as we have some fun together exploring why words matter!