Restructuring this site I have encountered this older re-blogged post where I can no longer find the original article. What to do? What to do? Having made the decision to revisit and re-edit old posts I suspected this may happen. The question of what to do immediately struck me. Then I looked at the words and thought someone may find them of some value as they are. But what is a Charm King?
If you simply take a random collection of words and rearrange them enough times, you’re bound to hit upon at least a few great concepts. This is the thinking of Jarod Kintz. I suppose I have thought that as well. There are many reasons to write and there are many words that can be used in writing.
Two people can write writing about the same thing or event, yet will see it very differently indeed. Why does this happen? Surely they see the same things happening, or do they? Sometimes it is a case of using different words to describe what they see. Yet sometimes it is beyond that. People all have different backgrounds, different experiences, and different knowledge to apply when describing any situation.
One writer will see beauty, while another sees something horrid that requires changed. Most will be somewhere else down that sliding scale. The point is how we view the world matters very much. The random collection of words, rearranged, time and time again can give different perspectives. but I find this more likely in the pattern of words used in a word cloud than in the context of writing. The concept is somewhat similar to the idea that if you throw enough monkeys in a room with word processors eventually they could create a Shakespearean sonnet.
Perspective at Play
Those experiences that a writer brings also that they bring their own likes, dislikes, impartiality and prejudices to the table.
Someone once told me that we all have prejudices. “nonsense,” I told him, “I hate people with a prejudice.” Perhaps proving the point he was making.
Truth is perspective is what makes like interesting. It is why you can never run out of ideas. It also explains why two scientists, having nothing in common but their specialist area can invent the same thing at the same time. They are not looking at each other’s notes. They are simply seeking to solve the same problem. It also explains why two inventors take two different approaches to solve a problem. Creating two different products. There is not only one way to achieve something.
Diversity is at the core of human existence. We all have different thoughts. A thought or idea is neither right or wrong, it simply is. There are a great many theories, but most are simply that theories. Unproven. They are also likely to stay that way. This is also true for many written works. The words of Adam Smith and Karl Marx offer differing perspectives, but that is all we can say about them. Each are part of the past. They are part of the sum total of human knowledge.
Perspective doesn’t kill, it offers alternative views.
Marilyn Davis is of the opinion that the role of a writer should build upon the ideas that have merit and make something of them. Who is to say what idea has merit? That is largely a matter of opinion, the opinion of the writer.
Writers work on their thoughts, feelings and attitudes relating the the subject matter about which they are writing. Today, there is no reason writers cannot offer multiple contributions about something that interests them. Most people are used to seeing multiple views on a subject.
Blog posts can be convoluted or straightforward, charming or cynical. They could be messy and full of drivel. The writer makes a huge difference by how they craft the words, phrases, sentences and paragraphs they produce. It can impact how the reader interprets their words. Some people are charm kings, others are more like mechanics. Which are you
Do you write like a charm king?
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