I like to think that there is a word / ideas competition going on in our heads all the time. I like to think that every word we know permanently jostles for pole position. That each word thinks that it is more interesting and more important than the one standing next to it, or at least that it is indispensable. I like to think that every word we know lines up ready to leap out of our mouths given the right moment. So here are some things to think about:
- Never ever wash your text out with generalised thoughts and emotions. Balance and pit words against each other. Allow a competition between words and ideas to emerge. Think about what words to choose and why, and then remember which you chose, and then work with the energy that you found in choosing. (Though know at all times that you could still chose one of the other words if it made a great case for itself to be used). Develop ideas building and growing them with words.
- Follow the directions and arguments of your thoughts, and spend time clarifying them. Discover the arrangement of words within the lines, and lines within the more general meaning / thought process. And then reveal this structure to the audience, through exploring the different levels of the structure for their own worth. After all, isn’t this how we normally talk all day? Don’t we speak to people to share our ideas as we develop them, as we flow, as new intentions and ideas pop into our thoughts? And don’t we naturally & involuntarily use the pointers of energy, volume, pace, pitch etc to reveal the development, intention and ideas that we are thinking about, as we naturally engage with our thoughts and our attitudes towards them?
- Here’s an exercise that shows you how. (Thanks Bill). Start with the last word of a thought. Then add the one before to it and speak both. Then add the one before that and speak all three. Keep growing the thought and notice how the words when put together develop and impact upon each other, as they build to the end of the sentence. Its fantastic isn’t it? In our minds we are normally thinking about the key idea and then we put the words in front of the key idea and use those words to build towards it. This exercise helps to reconnect us to the action of serving the key idea rather than jumping on the beginnings of thoughts and sentences. Try it with the following two simple and rather cheesy lines.
1. Get out of here you useless toss
2. I never want to see you ever again
© Donald Woodburn