Dear Dani D. | Words

Danielle Danford | Staff writer
Words matter. Written words, spoken words, words posted on Facebook or published in the local newspaper. The words we use matter. It’s easy to forget the power of words when we use them every day, but I think it’s important to remember. Words have power despite the sayings that try to diminish their meaning: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” or the saying that "actions speak louder than words.”
But I think, If we didn’t write it down did it happen at all? I often find I remember something better if I write it down. I find the act of writing challenging and rewarding. If I haven’t written anything for a couple of days, I feel less accomplished than if I had. The days I wake up and can write something straight off in the morning are good days.
I feel a strong sense of accomplishment after I complete a writing project. It is hard to define. It is like I remember, oh yes, I do this and it’s good. In a way, writing, when I am really in it, is similar to breathing. It’s a process that I am doing without thinking. Easily taken for granted, but one that I know is part of me.
I didn’t really think I could be much of a writer, let alone write for a living. As a child, I was a voracious reader. By my junior year in college, I decided I should probably declare a major and went with mass communications. I decided that if I ended up in a job that valued the skills I had learned in these classes I could probably live with myself.
It wasn’t until four years after graduating that I applied for this position with the Leader-Register and proved to myself just how powerful my words are. I guess I’m trying to say, from my experience, don’t underestimate yourself or the power of your own words. We all have powerful things to share despite the words in our heads.

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