Sunday, July 8, 2018


You walk into a library and there are hundreds of shelves with hundreds of books, all filled with hundreds of words. You stumble over piles of books in your house; words crawling up your walls and grasping at your ankles. You scan through articles and tweets and websites and everywhere you look there are more of them.

The world contains so many words. You think, does it really need any more?

You, standing there at the edge of the step, your toes curled over the curb. Holding your words to your chest because are they really that different than all the others? Surely, someone else has seen these words before. You may as well just hold onto them.

But that's not true. There are many words, yes, but can't you sense them? Let each word and delicately constructed sentence rest on your tongue, soak into your stomach, make their way to your heart. Each one a unique flavour, a delicate mix of sense and taste that plucks at each emotion in a strange and new way.  

These words, they are delicious, round and plump, like an overripe fruit, dripping with juice. These words are sharp, and quick, like a needle pricking and pinching your skin in horrible, wonderful surprise. These words are warm and flow softly, a river of molasses, the current calming you to sleep. These words have too many tastes to distinguish - all blended together that in the end sparkles and pops in your mouth and all the way down.

Your words may just be words, but they also have taste, they also have flavour. There are hundreds, billions of words spilled out into the universe by the hour, but none of them taste quite like yours.

Do you ever get that feeling that there are so many books and writing out there in the world, it seems a bit useless for you to also be a writer who wants people to read your work? Well, something I've come to realize over the past couple of years is just how unique each person's writing style is. It's amazing, really, how different people can think so differently and create such different stuff and pull on such different emotions. It seems like it should be obvious, but it's not always. 

Anyway, this post was largely inspired by my friend Amelia, who has a very different writing style than me, but I still find it delightful and beautiful! She has a blog called Bandaids and Butterflies where she does gorgeous little writing pieces about mental health and daily life, which I highly recommend you check out here.

I love how many different writing styles exist in the world. How would you describe your writing style? What are some of your favourite unique writing styles?

Some of my favourite delicious writing:
Banana Heart Summer by Merlinda Bobis
Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill


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