“To me the greatest pleasure in writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.” Truman Capote
Amazing, isn’t it, to think that all the books in the world, all the stories found between two covers were written using just 26 letters or a combination of Chinese characters or some other form of alphabet.
Everything we want to write and everything that’s been written uses these same sets of notes. But how they are3 put together makes all the difference, doesn’t it? Put together those letters in one way and you have “Macbeth.” Put them together another way and you have “Breakfast at Tiffany’s“ or “The Handmaid’s Tale” or “Captain Underpants.”
What a remarkable tool words are!
Little wonder then, that for Truman Capote, the “music the words make” entranced him. As writers, the sheer pleasure of playing with words is one of our greatest joys, isn’t it?
When we craft a sentence that really sings, it’s heart-satisfying, isn’t it? When we come up with a word that’s so much more evocative, so much juicier than one we have in a draft, what a pleasure it is to toss the old one out and savor the new one!
In it’s own very special way, writing is about making music. Whether we are crafting a poem or a story, we are stringing words together like notes. Those notes can flow like a stream touched by sunlight or be jarring and create a mournful, disturbing tune. It all depends how we put them together.
What a miracle words are! How lucky we are to be wordsmiths and music makers! Let’s make a “joyful noise” as we all write on!
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