The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - it's the difference between the lightning and the lightning bug. Mark Twain

Almost Right Words

 

Mark Twain once said, “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” That’s the kind of thing that sticks with a writer – finding the right words.

The right words electrify, draw your eye through the page, and create a desire to learn more.  The almost right words send a reader back to Google for the next search down. The right words cast a line from the page and into a person’s psyche — a pebble into a pond of their thoughts that sends ripples through them and creates a connection.

We all want connections. We strive for them as human beings – that sense of belonging, of being cared about or being understood.  It’s all about finding the right frequency – and when you’ve found it, lightning shows up.

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