Namaste...a beautiful word, a beautiful greeting, from an ancient language called "Sanskrit". From the subcontinent of India, we get this lovely word.
"Namaste: I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are one."
I love words, and consider myself to be a somewhat humble wordsmith. And I suspect that everyone who reads this blog feels the same way about themselves. Words... how we reach one another when the physical touch is impossible. And for writers, most of all, words are the building blocks of our lives.
We need to never close the door to learning. More than anyone else on the planet, we need to appreciate etymology...yet, remember the audience we write for. I have read books full of five dollar words that befuddled my buck-fifty brain. Save the big ones for scientific papers. And I don't mean to "dumb-down" our writing. But we have to find the sweet spot. Not every reader is pressed to seek out the meaning of a word they have never before heard.
Namaste...a word for writers. When we set pen to page, we want to communicate. We know what we are trying to convey, and we work at creating a bridge from our minds to the readers' minds. We seek a way to pour the passion of our words and stories, from our souls...into theirs.
In our creative zone, we are visualizing worlds, characters, and living their lives. In our creations, if we have achieved a literary namaste, the reader is visualizing our worlds, characters, and living their lives. We share that place in each other. We are one.
To you my fellow writers, my kindred spirits laboring at your tales, I say, "Namaste".