Writers Use Words To Captivate Us In Different Ways

by Alicia Sparks on March 11, 2011

The first page of 'The Knight's Tale' in Ellesmere manuscript.

This post is part of the Words Matter 2011 Blog Challenge sponsored by the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

Day 5 Blog Challenge Question:

Words, like moths, are captured by writers who pin them to the page in various forms. What writer’s work most deftly captivates you?

Oh, how I wish that read writers’ and not writer’s.

Really? Just one writer?

That’s tough.

Each writer who captivates me with words does so for different reasons.

The stories they tell. The characters they introduce. The messages within them.

For example, Mark Twain captivates me with the way he can slip into each character so easily, and make me believe that character is real – that that character is actually talking to me. Edgar Allan Poe captivates me with how effortlessly each word in every poem fits so well you’d swear it was made to lead the one it’s in front of, and follow the one it’s behind. J.K. Rowling captivates me with the way she can add layer upon layer upon layer in one story, and still surprise me with something new during the, oh, 37th reading of the Harry Potter series.

Would you believe even Chaucer captivates me? Even once I learned to read Middle English – to read words I didn’t even recognize – I still struggled. Yet, I struggled happily, because I was that fascinated with the characters in The Canterbury Tales.

So, for me, it’s impossible to choose just one writer whose work captivates me, as words can captivate us for various reasons, depending on how the writer plucks, positions, and pets them.

This brings the Words Matter 2011 Blog Challenge to an end! Want to catch up on the previous four posts?

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