Writing and Writers

Hello to all and I hope that your day has been gentle with you. Everything I have touched in the past 24 hours has gone wrong, so I have written about one of my great loves. I really do mean it went I say that every thing I have attempted to do, help others, doctor’s appointment, cook a simple mea, have all gone wrong, all my joints are sore and I have the worst headache down the left hand side of my face. I am so scared but the doctor has said just relax and bed rest.  Once I have added this to my page I am dragging my very miserable self off to bed and hopefully sleep away this urge I have to end it all.

Writing, and writer, such simple words but without these two insignificant little words our world would indeed be desolate. There would be no books. Nothing would ever have been recorded on Science, Physics, Astronomy, Astrology, Biology, and History. There would be no theatre, movies, television shows or the local school performances. We would never have heard of Mozart, Beethoven, Led Zeppelin or Tenacious D. The immortal words of Plato, Shakespeare, Tolkien, Douglas Adams or Markus Zusak would not exist. “I have a dream” would be just that, a dream and not the speech that defines a generation.  No painting would ever have made it to canvas. Without those who weave magic from words thus creating our realm, our loves, and our hates, our life would be devoid of all knowledge, expression and beauty. Wordsmiths simply create.

The average person has no idea what it means to write. I do not mean what they teach us at shool or universsity but the words we join up into an occasion, an event that desicribes what is occurring. The average person has no idea of what the life of a writer is like. It is not all glamour, book-signing, movie deals and the high life. It is brutally discovering just the exact word, the proper turn of phrase, and attaining it can be murderous. Most of those who penned that book you just finished gave up a considerable portion of their life to bring you that tale. Words require love and passion but also dedication. What fashioned the very words you use to win your fair love? Let us look at the late, great Mr W Shakespeare of England.

William Shakespeare was most probably our greatest wordsmith and the English language owes a great debt to him. Will invented over 1700 of our common words by connecting words never before used together or devising words wholly unique. Below is a list of just a few of these words.

Monumental

Addiction

Savagery

Amazement

Arouse

Assassination

Bedroom

Tranquil

Bloodstained

Barefaced

Blushing

Champion

Cold-Blooded

Compromise

Discontent

Dishearten

Courtship

Hobnob

Deafening

Lacklustre

Fashionable

Gossip

Madcap

Undress

Moonbeam

William Shakespeare not content with adding words he also devised numerous phrases, still in everyday use. The Barb was a genius, and even though every English student the world over cringers at the mention of his name, the rest of us should thank him daily. These are just a sample and as with the words, I have selected ones that I think are the most commonly used. We all have heard, read or used more than one of these expressions

A fool’s paradise

A foregone conclusion

A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse

A sea change

A sorry sight

All corners of the world

All of a sudden

All that glitters is not gold

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players

All’s well that ends well

And thereby hangs a tale

As cold as any stone

As dead as a doornail

As pure as the driven snow

Beware the ides of March

Come what come may

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war

Discretion is the better part of valour

Eaten out of house and home

Et tu, Brute

Even at the turning of the tide

Exceedingly well read

Fair play

Fancy free

Fie, foh, and fum, I smell the blood of a British man

Fight fire with fire

Foul play

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears

Good riddance

Green eyed monster

He will give the Devil his due

Heart’s content

High time

Hot-blooded

I have not slept one wink

I will wear my heart upon my sleeve

In a pickle

In stitches

In the twinkling of an eye

Is this a dagger which I see before me?

Lie low

Lily-livered

Love is blind

Make your hair stand on end

Milk of human kindness

More fool you

Neither a borrower nor a lender be

Night owl

Off with his head

Star crossed lovers

The course of true love never did run smooth

The game is up

Thereby hangs a tale

This is the short and the long of it

To be or not to be, that is the question

Too much of a good thing

Truth will out

Up in arms

Vanish into thin air

We have seen better days

Wear your heart on your sleeve

Wild goose chase

Woe is me

Out of the jaws of death            

Pound of flesh

Rhyme nor reason

Shuffle off this mortal coil

Send him packing

Set your teeth on edge

Yes, our language would be very mediocre were it not for the imagination and creativity of Shakespeare.

Now while many of us wretched fools who have selected words as our love and passion, will never lay claim to aspire to the greatness of Shakespeare (believe me, we all do) we endeavour to create the same magic that he did. Next time you are at the movies, spare a moment for the script-writer; as you giggle your way through a humorous piece in the Sunday paper, think of the reporter; when you loan that book to you friend to read, mention the brilliance of the author.

Writers and words create our world and can construct any realm. 

Without words there is no learning, communication, and beauty. 

Words are the corner stone of any and all civilisations.

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