No one is an endless fount of pithy comments, scintillating ideas, and inventive ways of expressing them.
It’s a scary thought that we’re not.
I once read a story about a little girl who talked too much. Somewhere along the line she was warned that each of us has a finite number of words to spend. When you reach the end…that’s it. No more. Silence. If she squandered her stock of words, she’d be left to finish her life in wordless isolation.
If that’s true, it becomes imperative that you spend your words wisely. Choose them with care. Focus them toward your goal.
But that’s hard to do in these times when writers are told to keep a public profile. To blog and tweet. To maintain a constant presence via tumblr, facebook, instagram, ask.fm, and a host of other venues.
I understand. I really do. But all the time and energy invested in those adjuncts to a writer’s ‘real’ work have a draining effect. You’re taking a big, ol’ handful of your limited supply of words and tossing them into the wind. Instead of focusing them, aiming them at a target where they might find a lasting home, you’re dispersing them to fall at random. In random patterns. On random ears. Before random eyes.
Wasted words? Or are they dispersing like dandelion seeds; their purpose being to find new ground where they can take root?
Hard to say.
Only time will tell if they’re flourishing elsewhere, or simply gone; victims of the wind.