I recently traveled to Universal Studios in Florida. My favorite part was the Wizarding World of Harry Potter where J.K. Rowling’s stories came to life. They are immortalized more than ever with the world Universal has built. Her fans now can be a part of what Rowling created, and it is definitely worth the visit for those who enjoy her books or the movies based on the books.
My visit made me think about my own stories. I realize that once words are read or heard, they can be permanently engraved in the memory. You don’t need a theme park to do that. I’m also reminded almost daily about my flaws at speech. Just because I enjoy writing stories that doesn’t mean things flow easily and without mistake from my mouth. If I’m not botching the English language with a tangled tongue, I’m usually saying something that can be potentially misconstrued. I can have the best intentions and still make a mess of a situation.
Yes, I write fiction because of my crazy imagination. I also like that in fiction my words can’t be used to point a finger at me and say how cruel or strident I was towards someone, because none of my characters are real. In writing, text has to be thought through and edited. How many of you have said something you wish you could take back because you were too hasty? I live with the regret of words I can never erase. With my stories, I can change text over and over again and make it say exactly what I want to say before anyone reads it.
Words can be dangerous when put on paper or said. Even though I know this fact, that doesn’t mean I’ve never written a quick letter or email that didn’t come back to bite me. When I attempt to speak or write the truth, not a fictional story, it can be misinterpreted or listened to with a different perspective than my own. Sometimes the ones I love the most get the brunt of my carelessness. Just when I think I’ve learned to think before I speak, my words come out wrong. I guess I write this blog to be my reminder of this so perhaps I can decrease the times I repeat the mistake. Wouldn’t it be nice if I could eliminate this flaw altogether! But wait, the gift to erase memories and flaws only exists in fantasy.
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