Every chapter in The Master Keys has a little something for everyone — the artist, the scientist, the mathematician, the philosopher, the writer… But I especially like this week’s chapter, because he talks a lot about WORDS.
I love words. Often I enjoy a book as much for the author’s use of words, as for the story itself. Haanel is writing in the context of the words we use to speak to ourselves. As a writer, I see the same importance in the words I put out there for others to read.
My Words to Myself
We cannot escape from the pictures we incessantly photograph on the mind. – Charles Haanel
Facts tell. Stories sell. And the best stories abound with colourful word pictures. Good or bad, they are powerful — so I’d better make sure they are aligned with my definite major purpose and my personal pivotal needs!
My Words to Others
Words may become mental places that will live forever, or they may become shacks which the first breeze will carry away. – Charles Haanel
There are two kinds of authors in this world. Those who write “disposable books” that give a moment’s pleasure and disappear into oblivion. And those who write books that last for centuries.
This week I listened to the audio version of Ester Ried, by Isabella Alden aka Pansy. The book was written in 1870, the language is a little antiquated, and the pseudonym would never be accepted today. Yet the story held me spellbound, the characters were true to their nature, and the language was descriptive, homey and strong. There’s a reason her books are available, unabridged, on Gutenberg, Librivox AND Amazon.
THAT is the kind of book I’m writing.
The words we say to ourselves… or the words we say to others… the advice is the same. In the words of a friend of mine…
“Clothe yourselves in the words you want your life to be.” – Davene Januszewski