I have been told that I am too word-y.
My writing is not simplistic enough.
That I should not have to use so many words to describe something.
I have been accused of C. S. Lewis’ term ‘Verbicide’ (the murder of words).
I should practice the skill of brevity in writing something short and succinct.
That wordiness kills
Getting a B- on an essay for no other reason than ‘too many words’
Try my hand at micro-poetry or limited short stories.
So I use my words to explain my side of the argument,
I am a Unhippopotomonstrosesquipedaliphobia
Meaning that I am a person who is unafraid of big words and how to use them.
I strongly believe that one has not truly lived until they have had an emotion that one cannot completely describe in one word.
That is why I must use many words to describe, in detail, my emotions and views on the world surrounding me
There is always more to be added,
somewhere to dive deeper into,
a new angle to perceive upon.
I love words
They are my passion
They are pieces of my beautiful creations
They are tools to explain anything and everything
They are my art form
So why should I not use them to their full capacity?
A person can have too many cats
A person can have too many ugly Christmas sweaters
A person can wear too much make-up
A person can have too much lawn to mow
A person can have too many children
A person can have too many clothes
But can a person have too much chocolate?
I feel the same way about words that most people feel about chocolate
I can never have enough words
So I say,
No, wordiness does not kill
Limitations on words do
It kills off exploration of the world
It kills off questions and answers
It kills off stories and legends
I agree there are times for words and times not
I value silence
I value conversations that have no need of formal communication
I value simplicity
But I would much rather use more words than not enough
and have something needed be left out
So to all the people who have had limitations on their creativity,
I give a battle cry to break your bondage
and write to your heart’s desire.