The Power of Words

Words have Power

The words you use really have power both on the people around you and even on yourself.   It can raise your positive mindset and set you up for success, or make you doubt yourself and start to perceive the world as a negative and cruel place out to get you.

Think about it – when you read a book how does it make you feel?

Well, depending on the book or story you are reading, a well written set of prose will really take you on an emotional rollercoaster.   A good writer will search for the perfect WORD to evoke a reaction from the reader.

Words can be so emotive.

A wordsmith weaves an adventure for the reader, creating images in their minds, making tears trickle downs their face and making them gasp at a climatic point.    Through the right usage of words, you will fall in love with the tall-dark stranger, develop a hatred for the baddie, or feel your toes dig into the warm golden sands on an exotic beach.

I Love Words

As a writer, I adore WORDS.   I read a lot and I love finding a word that tickles me – words can make me DELIRIOUSLY happy.   I have a list of words I adore and look forward to opportunities to use them – like they call out to me and reach deep into my Soul.

Next time you are reading, a book or even a newspaper article, take more time to examine the words used.  You might be surprised at how the words connect with you, and might even find words you adore too.


In our modern world we believe that words are not so important, that they have been surpassed by emojis, texting and videos.   However, the opposite is true.   With the advancement of communication technology, we are using more written words every day – emails, reports, marketing scripts, sales pitches, advertisements and much more.   Perhaps there are less printed formats, but the on-screen, online words are exploding onto our screens and into our lives every day.  That is why it is more important to pick your words carefully.

In the business and corporate world too many people think it makes them clever to be seen to be using impressive vocabulary.  However, rather than helping it often creates a block for the recipient, and the message fails miserably to be conveyed, with the reader failing to grasps the key points or losing interest before realising there is an important action required.

When I worked in the corporate world, I witnessed this far too many times.   I am a firm believer in THE PLAIN ENGLISH movement, particularly a in challenging and demanding work world.  I suspect that is a topic for another blog post.

What I ask you to consider is to please give words the respect they deserve – choose them carefully and they will work for you.


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Who is Janet The Writer?

Janet the Writer is made up of many wonderful life experiences, a love of reading and an avid desire to bring joy into the world of others.

My journey has been a mixed bag of experiences, career paths, adventurers and travels.


Books saved me

I was born and was raised in Northern Ireland at the height of the “Troubles”.   It was not easy for me as a highly sensitive child to be under the constant fear of bombs and shootings.  I was fortunate to find solace and comfort in books.

Books were my way to escape from the, as it felt to me, cruelty of the real world.   I particularly adored that one book would take me on an adventure to Narnia – a strange and magical world filled with talking animals and the mystical Aslan; while another would have me experiencing life as a sleuth, side-by-side with Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple.

I was an avid reader and my mind was full of incredible stories – so much so that my imagination loved to invent its own stories too, in which I was the heroine and would slay some terrible fantasy monster to save the day.


Books for Learning

Books have always been important to me, even as an adult.   I have learnt so much from them.  

For example, I have learnt to communicate in several languages, which has aided me to connect with people in some of the countries where I lived and even I now where I currently reside in Switzerland.  

Additionally, books have taught me about how to transform my life using an array of alternative coaching methods.   I have enjoyed whipping up fabulous desserts and cakes from our ever-growing selection of cookery books.  I have laughed and cried at the ups and downs of life, felt the hopelessness and despair of failed romances, and even stood teetering, hand in hand with the main protagonist, on the edge of a giant abyss called “depression”.


Many Forms of Writing

Even when I look back over my “work life”, I realise how important the written word had been.

When I first starting working as a secretary/PA, typing up endless communications and reports, I realised how important the information being conveyed to the recipient could be.   As an IT Trainer, I supplemented my live training sessions with ‘easy-to-follow how-to manuals’, broken down into to step-by-step instructions on how to complete a task from start to finish.  

During my stint working as an Economic Research Assistant, I spent most of my time researching information and summarising the key points in a easy to read digest.  As a Project Manager, I would compile constant reports detailing statistical data on how the project was going.  

As well as on a personal basis over the years, writing endless letters and newsletter sharing with our family and friends back home, our exploits and adventures in foreign lands (this was the era before FaceTime/Skype and Emails, when you had to put pen to paper to stay in contact).


Words are Truly Powerful

WORDS really can convey an emotion, or conjure up an image of a fantasy creature, or share with you the sensual delights of an experience.

I have always dreamed of writing books, lots of them, and now is my time to step up, kick fear into touch, grab my pen and start allowing my stories to flow.

I invite you to get to know me better through my writing – and I am sure that some of you will relate to some of my stories and experiences.   Please don’t forget to let me know your feedback and comments – I’d love to hear from you.


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