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Monday, May 12, 2008

Let Me Rephrase That

I'm in the middle of a manuscript revision these days. Part of that process is to improve the dialogue between the hero and heroine. Thanks to me, sometimes James doesn't quite get his point across. Other times Rebecca gives a dull reply. So, I endeavor to sharpen his wording and put a bit more spice in hers.

How often in life do I muff up my words? Far too often, if I'm honest. I'll speak before I think about the consequences and hurt someone I care about. I'll say something better left unsaid. Or I'll put off saying what someone most needs to hear.

It struck me that I can learn from my characters. Every word they say counts, or should anyhow. I strive hard to help them express themselves clearly, to be sure that what they say matters. But am I as careful about the things I say? Or do I blurt things out and spend time regretting my words?

The tongue is such a small part of the body, but what trouble it can cause when I allow it free reign. What I say in haste can tear someone down, but I can also use my words to encourage and bless others when I take the time to choose them wisely.

Unlike my characters, I don't get the chance to rephrase or revise what I say. Helpful or hurtful, once I open my mouth and utter my words, there is no deleting them. Thank goodness for those small, but important phrases that can help when I blow it: "I'm sorry" or "Please forgive me." And thanks to the wonderful people who extend grace and allow me to learn from my mistakes.

I continue to work on my dialogue, marveling when James and Rebecca's conversation flows. And I continue to work on my own speech, rejoicing when what I say builds another up or brightens someone's day.

Here's hoping someone will say something today that makes a positive difference in your life.

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