Imagine it’s cold and grey outside. You are all warm and snug inside, maybe wrapped up in a blanket. To take it even further, maybe you’ve got a nice little fire going and are just brewing a cup of coffee or boiling water for a hot mug of tea. And there’s this book you have been reading for the past two days; its story fascinates you. The words, oh, the words, they draw you in. They are captivating.

This is exactly the point: words are powerful. They set the scene. The written word is capable of creating worlds that you can escape into. It allows our imagination to run completely free. Words make us feel.

There’s something utterly magical about the written word. It takes on a life of its own, for it makes us imagine, think. And what, then, is developing in our minds is completely our own. Also, written words can be wonderfully personal, be it in a letter or in a card, for instance. Especially in our digital age, we appreciate a handwritten note even more. And, on top of that, the written word has always been more binding than the verbal one.

The Art of Wordsmithing

What is so enticing about the written word? It is not just the texture, the general visual appearance that oftentimes intensifies how we feel about it. Words trigger associations that are highly personal.

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Written Word – what we associate with it and feel can be intensified by the font – Venice Beach, CA

There’s general aesthetics to the perceptible word. Fonts have been created to evoke certain emotions and can emphasize the meaning of a word, hence, our feelings. They can move and touch us in several ways. The aesthetics of a printed or handwritten word intensifies how we feel about the linguistic meaning.  

The temple of art is built in words – Josiah Gilbert Holland

The word that’s written is art. It is not just the process of putting it on paper. The thought revolving around it, the deeper meaning and intention behind it, is what makes wordsmithing a form of art. Words need to make sense. Carefully crafted and strung together, they form thoughts, ideas, and visions. Fonts and strokes underline their impact, and so do their weight and highlights. Nostalgia, wanderlust, joy, melancholy – the range of feelings that can be created are endless.

The Creative Word

Written words have the power to awaken creativity within us; they inspire. They take us by the hand and guide us into imaginative worlds, elevating our minds to a new level. Hence, they are capable of forging action sparked by the thoughts they ignite within us.

Writing is a craft that has the power to create images. Therefore, it is an artistic form of self-expression; thoughts creatively woven together, bringing across an idea.

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought, and the thought has found words – Robert Frost

However they are being used, well-considered written words can be playful, informative and thought-provoking, flattering, reassuring, hurtful – all of the above and so much more. And this is what makes wordsmithing art: expressing emotions, and, on the other hand, evoking them within us.

Showing Character and Taking Us Places

Books – they take us places, educate us, and are functioning as a time machine – Venice Beach

Words let character shine through. In fact, they have character. This is because the way they are written and how they are being put together allows us to sense the personality of the author – or a certain protagonist of a story.

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own – Carol Burnett

They act like a time machine, allowing us to travel through different centuries, eras, situations, moments. Helping us break free of any limitations that our imagination might have had, our thoughts are traveling far, to places we have yet to discover. And words form the basis for processing our thoughts in the first place.

There is a certain sound to the written word, whether we read it out loud or listen to it in our minds, silently. This goes hand in hand with the fact that it shows character – and that can be a character from a time long passed, sometime back in history, as the written word creates their language.

The Carriers of Human Knowledge

Ever since the invention of the movable-type printing press by Johannes Gutenberg back in 1455, knowledge of a Latin language bible could spread like a wildfire and, hence, reach a large population. It was a breakthrough for the written word and its power.

Words are the bearers of wisdom. Books have been the carriers of knowledge for centuries. Passed on through generations, they reveal visions and ideas from the past, carried on to our modern age, that we draw insight and learnings from. Words educate, hence, inspire and stick with us. Without words, there would be no philosophy, no enlightenment or comprehension of this world we live in. Would we even be able to make sense of it?  

Are you an avid reader? Do you love the written word, a handwritten note, a letter from a dear friend?