Let Your Words Sing

Truman Capote Quote

Like other forms of art, part of the beauty of writing has little to do with the message or meaning behind the words. Words — like individual brush strokes or notes of a song — can be beautiful on their own. While beautiful words become more powerful when they form a larger story or idea — it’s okay to take your mind off the big picture every once and awhile and to focus on the sounds your words create.

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.”

— Truman Capote

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The next time you sit down to write, think of each sentence as a piece of poetry. Play with the sound, rhythm, tone and cadence of each word, and string those sounds together to create something with a sense of musicality. The way words are pieced together can make a sentence sound harsh, tense, graceful, etc. Use the sound of the words to establish the mood and atmosphere of your scenes and descriptions. Once you embrace sound as an integral part of your storytelling arsenal, your writing might become more rich and more engaging to the readers’ senses.  

What’s the most beautiful sounding sentence you’ve written or read recently?

There’s much to be said about the craft of writing. That’s why each week on the Abbott Press blog, we’ll take a look at what some of our favorite authors and thinkers have to say about this challenging, fulfilling and sometimes mystifying art. We hope these discussions will help you to further refine your own ideas about writing and to achieve new insights into your own creative process.
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