Wednesday, May 1, 2019

IWSG: Language has Power

The first Wednesday of the month means it's time for an Insecure Writer's Support Group post!

This month's question: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

My answer: WOW! What a terrific question! I learned early in life that language had power, because growing up I was a witness to and victim of the verbal abuse that took place in our house. Later on in my life, as a freshman in college, I watched a hypnotism show where the hypnotist told everyone still under his influence how to vote in the upcoming election. (Yikes - read the whole story here - and this was the inspiration for my novel, UNLOCKED.)

How about you? 

What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?


  1. A hypnotist really did that? Wow, that takes the cake and sounds like great fodder for a story.

  2. When reading Black Beauty made me cry.

  3. I would never submit to hypnotism. People are gullible enough in what they believe from news and social media sources. Twitter anyone? A concentrated power of suggestion misused is well within the realm of reality. And "Ethical Code of the Hypnotist"? Whose ethics? No thanks.

  4. That experience with the hypnotism show sounds like it would make a great story which you made.

    Hypnotism isn't something to be taken lightly, especially when it's performed by those with questionable ethics.