I love the term “wordsmith.” It implies a level of expertise and creativity that we, as writers, crave. It means never settling for less than the right word in every sentence. There is more to it than selecting the correct word; it is about nuances of meaning and the sibilance of consonants and vowels coming together at just the proper time. Being a wordsmith exacts the highest quality of work, tweaking each sentence until it sings, or moans, or sobs for mercy. Just as silversmiths heated, and hammered, and bent their material into objects that were not only useful but beautiful, we are called to give nothing less than our best in everything we write. Remember, that even when we are required to make mutliple revisions of the same manuscript, we are not only perfecting our work but our craft.

About fairysockmother

I am a Harper Voyager, UK author. Among Wolves, the first in an adult fantasy trilogy was released 2015. Grim Tidings followed in 2016 and Before Winter concludes the series in 2017! I have 19 traditionally published children's books including: the Abby and the Book Bunch series and a 2 Readers' Theater series both published through Magic Wagon, a division of the ABDO Group, at www.abdopublishing.com. My first picture book, "The Christmas Cats" was released by Pelican Publishing in 2011. I have reviewed YA material for VOYA magazine for almost 28 years. Follow me on Twitter as FairySockmother and visit my website: www.nancykwallace.com.
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2 Responses to Wordsmiths

  1. Emma says:

    “Wordsmith” – what a great term! And so true, there is nothing so satisfying as that perfect sentence.

    Emma, http://ideasofawanderingmind.wordpress.com/

  2. Sharon says:

    I love your post, your blog title and that you are a librarian. I love libraries.

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