Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Power of Words



I just received a nice e-mail from Gloria Feldt. Gloria is one of my "SHE-RO's". She is a writer, activist, and public speaker with a long history of involvement in the Women's Movement.

She sent me a review copy of her book The War on Choice for an article I am working on for The Huffington Post.

After putting the bones of the piece together, I sent her a draft to fact check.

The first line of her reply to me was:

Kelley,
I am greatly honored that you are citing my book. You
have created a beautiful framework to remind Americans what is at stake on this
Roe anniversary.



Wow. What a perfect thing to say to a budding writer. "You have created a beautiful framework...:

That is after all, what we all dream of doing when we write; Create beautiful frameworks.

I don't know about you, but I often find that a difficult thing to do. I have so many ideas floating around in my head, and they ALL have connections. More often than not, I tend to connect too many different dots in my essays, which basically turns the framework into a pile of mangled steel.

Beautiful frameworks require structure, and simplicity. It is a melding of art and form. It can be linear, or circular, or spiral, in style and point, as long as the framework is sound.


But simplicity is complicated.

Because I admire Gloria and her achievements, I will hold her kind words most dear. And hopefully, I will build better frameworks this year as a result.

1 comment:

Sildenafil said...

She is indeed a respectable and professional woman that knows her stuff so well.