The Magic of Words

If you stop to think about it, writing is a mystical process. It starts with thoughts (actually, it starts with coffee) representing concepts, ideas and feelings. Thoughts, of course, are stand-ins for whatever’s going on in our heads and hearts. Then we take those thoughts and make them even more abstract by transposing them into the written word, aka symbols on a piece of paper or computer screen. Then another human, possibly on the other side of the planet or 100 years in the future, looks at the symbols, processes them through his or her perceptual prism, makes some sort of sense of them (ideally) and maybe laughs, cries and/or experiences an epiphany. All because you wrote something. We take this connection for granted but when you step back, you realize it’s just about the coolest thing ever. Other than the Internet.