The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.   (Proverbs 18:21)

The way we speak to each other and the tone of our voices is powerful ~ life and death is in the tongue.  How does this apply to the words we, as authors, write?

I believe the same principle applies ~ there is power in our words. 

As authors, we take great pains to make certain that the words we write and the stories that take shape are our best work.  We edit those words and reread them and then edit them again.  We want our finished product to exemplify the story that our imagination birthed.  Does this process apply to everything we write?

It should apply, at least to a lesser degree.  Even when we write emails or texts or post comments on facebook and twitter and when we write our blogs, we need to remember the principle that life and death is in our words.  When you send an email, you can’t take it back.  Are you sure you were happy with the email you sent?  It may not seem like a big deal, but everything we write will come around ~ do you want it to haunt you or bless you?

When you write a blog, try to keep it professional but find the balance with a sense of your personality ~ make your blog inviting to those who follow you.  Remember that you are not only writing to your readers and fellow authors, but also to those publishers and book reviewers who may happen to find your blog.  If you are writing with a negative attitude and bashing other authors or giving a tirade about your noisy neighbors, that won’t seem very professional to them and could turn them off.  Your words could lead to a lost awesome book deal or lost great book review. 

When you do an author interview, if you’re speaking on the radio, be professional, but share your own personality and give the sense that you are a friendly person.  When you are answering interview questions to be posted online on a blog or magazine, remember the same principle ~ there is power in our words.  Just remember that at any point in time, someone out there in the world is or could be soon looking at your interview.  Don’t be negative, but keep that positive tone. 

If you are at a book signing, keep to the same principle.  You don’t want to let a bad day negatively affect how you speak to your fans.  Always keep the filter on your mouth and think before you speak.  This is a lesson we all need to continually learn day by day.  Of course, I’m not telling you to act fake and not who you really are.  It’s just that as an author, you do have a higher responsibility to be careful with your words, if you’re looking to be a blessing to others and not a negative force in this world. 

There are so many instances where we, as authors, will need to write words and speak words.  When you are writing a letter or email to a prospective publisher or agent, keep the tone professional, yet friendly.  Always remain cognizant of the power of life and death in your words.

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