A Question for Writers: Are You Addicted to the Words?

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Ah, Sweet Addiction

Writers wallow in words. In fact, they are addicted to words. Webster defines addiction as "being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something such as alcohol or drugs." The addiction may not show as you sit beside a writer, engaged in pleasant, banal conversation. You may not guess that all the while the words of the next story, poem or lyrics to a song are flowing through them like water down a river, sometimes turbulent if the words come to fast; sometimes almost stagnant when the words are slow to emerge or are elusive and slippery to the grasp.

Those scary moments, when the words are elusive, happen to be the hardest time of all.That is the precise moment the addiction shows it ugly face so vividly. The fix - the right words - isn't there; words can't be recalled or retrieved. Writers face the ultimate in agitation, aggression, restlessness and other symptoms of withdrawal when right words are out of grasp.

Words make statements and express thoughts to be shared with others. Words hold the power to change actions and beliefs. Words can change the world or a single individual.

If there is a doubt about what words can do, examine some of the great speeches throughout time or look at the first written words of a preschooler. Think of great speeches through time: Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln. Or think of the books, good, bad, ugly or indifferent that have been passed down through time.

Words uplift, tear down or are simply neutral. There is a reason the pen is mightier than the sword. It puts the words to paper; it creates. Swords mostly destroy.

Words can entertain, make you laugh, or heal the sick. Love affairs die or flourish on the basis of words. Shakespeare knew and captured this better than anyone.

This poem is an expression of the writer's attachment - no, addiction - to words.


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Word Junkie

I am addicted to words;

It's so very simple.

I like to watch the words

trip across the page,

Filling space unoccupied -

blank, lifeless -

Bringing into existence whole new worlds,

new universes, new beings,

Writing them into shape and form.


Little words...

big meanings - hate, love, no, you, us, them.

Big words...

tiny meanings - obfuscate, ubiquitous.


No matter; they paint a picture,

Tell a story,

Call masses to action...or soothe a soul.


Tear down, create; the words well done or not,

Once spoken cannot be retrieved.

In the beginning...

in the end

Is the word, always the word.


Copyright 2013 Cynthia Turner

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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Absolutely addicted. Words make it all happen for those of us who just love to manipulate them, don't they?

Cleverly expressed.

have a lovely Saturday

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Soo addicted. Thanks for finding these words clever today!

You have lovely day as well! Take care; embrace the creativity.


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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

So so true, I do have a love affair with words. I think the are alive. My first published writing was about the Alphabet and the formation of words. I was 11 years old. I still love manipulating and forming letters into words, words into sentences. It's madness isn't it? Excellent poem, I so relate. Voted up and awesome.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Jan, How neat to publish at 11. Words are awesome. They can take you anywhere. And it is such a sweet madness to get lost in them.

So glad you stopped in with a comment and vote. Thank you.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

Cyndi what a wonderful idea, clever.. kind of easy for you to pull it off..:) voted awesome


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

We're all addicted to words here, but we couldn't all express it as well as you have here. In admiration, I'm lost for words - well, almost.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Frank, I am such a fan of your work that when I get a comment from you my smile gets bigger. Thanks so much!


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi BlossomSB, Amazing community we are at Hubpages, aren't we? I'm glad there is no rehab for our addiction. In fact, wouldn't it be wonderful if the rest of the world were so addicted to words, as we are. Well, maybe not. I leave a lot undone when the words are flowing. :-)

Thank you so much for leaving a comment


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

Cyndi10, voted up, awesome, interesting, and shared on FB. I don't know which I'm addicted, words or numbers. I remember writing a newspaper at 6-7 years old. It's hard telling what it said, but I sold then for a dime apiece. I've always had that passion, as explained in your awesome poem. Best wishes always:)


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Indeed, words. We love to play with them, twist them, turn them and sometimes they play with us don't they? They will turn our thoughts right around and make a whole new story!


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello thelyricwriter, Wow! You started early. How cute (and enterprising) to start a newspaper. From the way its looking, everybody seems to have started pretty early with this addiction to words. Obviously, there's no hope at rehab. LOL. We just have to keep feeding the addiction!

Thanks so much for leaving a comment and for sharing on FB.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, Jackie, you are right. Sometimes they play with us (and play us). This thing with words is beautiful on so many levels and frustrating when we can't make them say just what we want. We just keep at it, shaping and twisting.

I appreciate the comment!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Love your play on words. Your poetry is addictive.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Ahhhh! Thank you. I think I'll print your comment and paste it to my Vision Board. Take care.


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi Cyndi,

The way you use words is a true art.

Voted up +++

Take care


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I could so relate. I'm not a fan of numbers, but words tend to rock my world :)


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Sunshine, Thanks for leaving a comment. Rock on!!


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ChristyWrites 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I do love words! Enjoyed the poem.


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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Simple composition to convey a big meaning, all with the art of playing with 'Words'--So well done!

Thanks!


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

So true! Maybe all writers are so addicted?? I would like to think so anyway--you stated it perfectly!


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Christy, Yeah, those words, gotta have them. Thanks so much for leaving a comment.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello ChitrangadaSharan, Thank you for the comment.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, Audrey, I think we are. But I don't want rehab. :-) Thanks for reading and agreeing.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Hi Cyndi,

What a clever write on words and how the writer is addicted to them for sure!

You certainly do have a way with words as you are truly a gifted writer without a doubt.

Up and more and sharing

Have a great evening,

Faith Reaper


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Faith, Thank you for your positive feedback. You are always so uplifting with your comments. You keep a writer writing. :-)

Take care.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Cyndi.......In a WORD? Fabulous!! UP+++


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Paula, Obviously you can relate to what I've written. As I know you've found, the only rehab is pen and paper! Thanks for the positive comment.

Take care.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Love this poem and it is oh so true! Words are important and the essence to life and writing for me. I remember in college, all English majors shuddered at the thought of taking a linguistics course, but I loved it - the study of words and how our language works really opened up writing for me. Thanks so much for this delightful poem!


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ChristyWrites 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Beautiful poem, Cyndi! A great tribute to the love of language (yes, I share that with you). Happy weekend :)


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Christy, I glad you enjoyed the poem. I'm always amazed at nuances of the language, especially the origin of words we use today. English spoken in the 1500's is so different than the English today. It's all fascinating. Thanks so much for taking a look at my expression of appreciation for words.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Suzette, I've been hooked since I can remember. I even like the way dictionaries are laid out, with the phonetical spelling, the word origins, when they came into use. Anyway, I guess that makes you, me and I guess all writers word nerds. I'm just glad you enjoyed the poem.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dear Cyndi10,

Absolutely fantastic hub. From one word addict to another. Voted up and all the choices. Really. I am into things that have new words or exciting synonyms. When I get an urge for a "Word Fix," I pull-up Hunter S. Thompson's essays and I am well again.

I cordially-invite you to check two of my hubs and then be a follower of me. I would love it.

Sincerely,

Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Kenneth, Thanks for understanding the addiction.

I'm checking you out today. Take care!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, Cyndi10,

How nice, you checking my hubs. Thank you so very much. I appreciate you doing that.

Here's hoping that you have a peaceful week.

Talk to you soon.

Kenneth


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks Kenneth. And you as well.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

You are very welcome, Cundi10.

Please keep in touch and have a safe week.

Your Friend,

Kenneth


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I love words, too, and all of their slices of meaning, their nuances and the rare ones that only well-read others know. It's like a secret club when you catch someone using one correctly.


Kenneth Avery 2 years ago

Flourish . . .

Polish, a distinguished people.

Polish, to make silver or metal shine.

Bow, to bend from the waist as a gesture of respect.

Bow, a pretty knot in a pretty piece of fabric to adorn a gift.

These words use to bother me. Not now.


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi FlourishAnyway, Finding words that others don't use is always fun, especially if they are long and hard to pronounce. I suggest using them only with friends and family who like that sort of thing too. Usually, they're the ones who like to play Scrabble.:-)

Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. Take care.


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stricktlydating 2 years ago from Australia

A lovely, truthful and light-hearted view of our craft! Well done.


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi stricktlydating, I see you can relate to the writing. Glad you left a comment.


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Michael Kismet 2 years ago from Northern California

Words ARE addictive!

There's so much more I can convey in a well-written letter than an actual in person conversation. Their a gateway of expression that will never go out of style. Thanks for sharing this Cyndi, I want to 'follow' if that's okay?

Sorry, I'm like a Hubpage vampire, I must be welcomed and invited in to cross the threshold. =)

....Hi Paula....I see you in the middle there!


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Michael, Indeed you are welcome to my parlor of words. I'm so happy you share in the addiction. There is nothing like pen to paper! Take care and be creative.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

My word, Cyndi!......these words coming around again.....makes me know I have some words for you!.....Addiction? You said it! In fact, you put the words in print!! Thank you.

Peek-a-boo Michael. We have to stop meeting like this. People will talk.....giggle.


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, Glad you enjoyed and share the addiction. There is no rehab for this addiction. And are you and Michael stalking each other? LOL Have a fun and very creative day!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi cyndi, my name is John and I am addicted to words. I read one of your comments on billybuc's hub and thought I'd have a look at your hubs. I like your range of topics but was drawn to this one first. I couldn't express these sentiments better myself, and your poem says it all. All true writers are addicted to words and go into withdrawal if the words don't come for a period. Loved this hub and off to read about the Mary Celeste next. Voted up.


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi John, so good to meet you here.

Thank you for reading about the writer's addiction to words. Good or bad, I don't want to go to rehab for this addiction. I'm sure you feel the same way. Take care.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Loved, loved this!! sending it around and hope you are doing well


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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

I tried reading Word Junkie really fast like Rap God and it was a blast. You should give it a try.


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Audrey, Glad you liked it and thanks for sharing. Doing well over here on the East coast. Hope you're ok out West. :-)


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia Author

hi DeafForALIving, Hmm. I will give it a try on your recommendation. Thanks for leaving the tip. Take care.


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

Cyndi10,

Greetings! I, too must confess. I am addicted to words. I love this hub. You capture the world of the writer perfectly. It is difficult to explain to those who do not have this addiction why one can give up an entire day searching for just the right word to complete that poem, story, etc...

Voted Up/Shared/Pinned.

Thank You,

ocfireflies aka Kim


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia Author

Hello Kim,

Thank you so much for the positive votes. Take care.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

LOL! I love your poem and your message is right on. Where would we be without words? You are so right, they can make or break a relationship. It is all in how we use them. I enjoyed reading this.


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Suzette, It seems writers can really relate to the poem. So happy that you took a look; even happier that you enjoyed it. Thanks so much and take care.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, Cyndi10 and suzettenaples,

I hope you both are doing well tonight and enjoying a peaceful evening.


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Kenneth, Backatcha. Thanks for the well wishes.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Cyndi10,

Wouldn't it be great for us to be able to write words that are inegmatic? Just a thought.


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B. Leekley 23 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

With words writers build phrases and sentences; with those, they build paragraphs and stanzas; with those, they build scenes, images, points of argument or instruction, and with those they build stories, novels, plays, poems, essays. The addiction is to getting the work right. A word may help form the final edifice or may be erased, crossed out, or deleted. The work's the thing.


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Cyndi10 23 months ago from Georgia Author

Hello, thanks for reading and leaving the comment. The work is the thing and the words form the foundation for everything hitting the paper. We have to love the power of the words. Take care.

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