Best Words Written: Female Authors on the Importance of Writing

As the pivotal characteristic of mankind, words will forever be magical. Thus, the act of writing will always be important, as it tells the story of the world. Come read some important quotes from women writers!

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As the pivotal characteristic of mankind, the transition between thought and sound in word form will forever be magical. With this, the act of writing will always have great importance. In a time where sequences of words are abbreviated, made as trends, scrambled by bias, and released to the masses — only to sink to the bottom of Google —, the value of words appears to be dissolving. However, words will forever be the most pivotal characteristic of mankind, and the transition between thought and sound will always remain extraordinary. So, let us entangle ourselves in a few strings of words sewn together by women from differing times who believe in this truth. 

Author and professor Carolyn See once declared, “Every word a woman writes changes the story of the world, revises the official version“.

Here are additional quotes from the story of the world of women: 

Emily Dickinson

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I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.

Emily Dickinson

Jennifer Weiner

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Cram your head with characters and stories. Abuse your library privileges. Never stop looking at the world, and never stop reading to find out what sense other people have made of it.

Jennifer Weiner

Virginia Woolf

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So as long as you writer what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only hours, nobody can say.

Virginia Woolf

Edwidge Danticat

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Create dangerously, for people who read dangerously…[Write] knowing in part that no matter how trivial your words may seem, someday, somewhere, someone may risk his or her life to read them.

Edwidge Danticat

Alice McDermott

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Incident (in novels and in life) is momentary, and temporary, but the memory of an incident, the story told about it, the meaning it takes on or loses over time, is lifelong and fluid, and that’s what interests me and what I hope will prove interesting to readers. We’re deluged with stories of things that have happened, events, circumstances, actions, etc. We need some stories that reveal how we think and feel and hope and dream.

Alice McDermott

I’d like to conclude with final quote from Alice McDermott, not about writing specially, but on individuality and purpose, which is undeniably intertwined.

The lesson, I suppose, is that none of us have much control over how we will be remembered. Every life is an amalgam, and it is impossible to know what moments, what foibles, what charms will come to define us once we’re gone. All we can do is live our lives fully, be authentically ourselves, and trust that the right things about us, the best and most fitting things, will echo in the memories of us that endure.

Alice McDermott

With all of these words considered, this is a letter to the importance of letters and words. The work of writers has a value that is unmatched. It is responsible for creating religions, recollecting historical events, immortalizing the memories of people, and for telling the story of the world.


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