Words that move us in fiction or non-fiction can be simple word choices and still be amazing.
I’m sure you still remember the “Got Milk?” campaign. Astounding, isn’t it?
No matter where you live, you likely see bumper stickers today with Got … and a word choice after as an imitation of the phrase.
Got milk? Two mundane words that have little emotional tug or memorable place when stated separately and yet became part of modern-day American culture.
I saw this quote from Edgar Allan Poe shared on Twitter by Lee Brazil, an author who’s written a range of male-male romance.
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. Poe”
The words here are all easy to understand and used every day by people of all education levels.
Now, “deep into the darkness peering” is not commonly used today but it is understood and has a little poetic twist (no pun intended although one exists).
I wonder if editors would advise their authors to rewrite the sentence or axe the string of wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming?
The words are simple and yet the combined phrase captures the profound emotion we can experience when facing the unknown.
If you’re a reader, what stories have you read that are simple and yet move you in some capacity?
I’ve read a few Anita Shreve novels in the last year and I marveled at the simplicity and beauty and her stories were like a black and white photograph of a tree limb covered with snow. There is emotional power in simplicity.
It’s wonderful to know that simple words can be amazing words.
Thanks, Lee, for that reminder and, hey, Got Milk?