Words can be used for many things besides speaking. When it comes to prose, words are placed together to form sentences delivering a meaning. Put the sentences together in the proper fashion and the meaning expands, becomes more complex, and branches off to blossom new ideas, brought to life with more writing. As there are many different styles of writing and countless purposes for which to write, words create a dynamic interaction to convey concepts and ideas in a manner that will be understandable and attractive to the reader.
In non-fiction writing, the concepts communicated are usually determined before writing begins and are limited to the facts of subject matter. Articles of all kinds are short pieces of writing to educate the reader about a particular subject. This too can be done with striking imagery conveyed in the prose, yet there is not as much freedom as there would be with creative writing intended to develop more abstract concepts. Regardless of the type and style of writing used, it is a love of language that surpasses all skills. Knowing the language of appealing prose is something which is only partially learned. The real art of writing is an unfolding from the heart which has the ability to convey the tactile experiences of life itself. For example:
As the leaves on the trees assume the colors of a new fall season, the light of the setting sun transforms into a reddish-gold lending a surreal quality to the land. Fall is the eclipse of summer signaling the end of long, hot days and cravings for ice-cream. It is the time of our years reminding us that all things come to an end and this natural truth is felt as cooling breezes flash goose-bumps on bare skin. Thoughts of jackets and sweaters tucked away fill the mind with anticipation as the coming of a colder season marks the ends and beginnings of years. Feel the luminous colors and soft chilly breezes that are the guise of fall’s presence. Smell in the air the drying leaves and settling soil as scents of cut grass and flowers disappear. Enjoy this transition and feel life. Welcome the new weather as you would invite an old friend for engaging conversation.
This is just a hint of what prose can achieve. No matter how many degrees possessed, nor how skilled at business and advertorial writing one may be, it does not mean they can bring life to the language and appeal to the readers’ feelings and memories. With any work of writing, it is of utmost importance to capture the attention of the reader, guiding them to pay attention and read through to the end. The real question which should be asked of a writer is: Where does your passion for writing come from? The answer should show that this passion is alive within you and can only be demonstrated by actual writing. The answer itself is not nearly as important as its readability and believability. One answer could look like this:
My passion for writing is the pulse of blood in my veins sounding quiet cadence with each beat of my heart. It is every inhalation of air I breathe and myriad scents discovered in each living breath. It is the interplay of all memories, joyous or tragic, neutral or only dimly recalled. As all of my discursive thoughts merge together with this life I feel, an inspiration begins to shine in my nerves. Writing begins to flow from me and my heart follows with courage and love. This yields a certainty and confidence. I know the words to express the art my soul gives to me.
Regardless, writing is both a practice and an art. We, as writers are never truly finished with a project. However, at some point we must let go. Confidence helps and it is necessary. In conclusion, it is obvious how powerful prose can be. You can change minds, sell services and products, produce compelling stories, help others to polish their writing, and the list could go on. Simply consider the idea of “the pen is mightier than the sword” and start writing. Happy endings are well within grasp.