Sixth Annual Words Matter Week– March 2-8, 2014

Celebrate the sixth annual Words Matter Week with the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) and other friends and sponsors! As always, it will be held during the first full week of March.

  ..Words are things, and a small drop of ink,
      Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces
    That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think . . . George Gordon, Lord Byron. Don Juan, Canto 3, Stanza LXXXVIII / image © Can Stock Photo Inc. / yellowj

The quote we have chosen for this year is from Don Juan by George Gordon, Lord Byron.

. . . Words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think . . .
George Gordon, Lord Byron; Don Juan, Canto 3, Stanza LXXXVIII

 There are many ways you can celebrate Words Matter Week. We offer a page of suggestions, and we welcome more. If you or your group is planning a special celebration, we invite you to share it in the comments below. Also, please share the event with your friends, family, and colleagues. One way to do so is to print copies of the Words Matter Week 2014 poster, and share them anywhere you like. You’re welcome to use the poster image on your website, too.

Blog Challenge

The second thing we would like to invite you to do is to participate in the blog challenge. There will be a prize of a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com for a blogger who blogs on one of the challenge topics; then comes back to this post to leave a comment and link so that we can read your post. As in previous years, the winner will be randomly chosen from the bloggers who write a post, then comment below during Words Matter Week. You may win an extra entry into the drawing by posting a link to http://WordsMatterWeek.com

Here are the Blog Challenge Questions for Words Matter Week

Monday
Writers craft words into memorable phrases, stories, poems and plays.
What writers make your heart sing? Why?

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner
music the words make.”  ~
Truman Capote

Tuesday
What word, said or unsaid, has or could change your life? How?

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”   ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday
Communication breaks down when words are misused. What is the funniest or worst
break-down you’ve ever observed?

“Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.”
~
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Thursday
What person in your life helped you understand the importance of choosing words carefully? What would you say to them if you met them today?

“Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Friday
If you had to eliminate one word or phrase from the English language, what would it be? Why?
“Words are loaded pistols.” ~Jean-Paul Sartre

Give Books to Children with First Book

As we have in previous years, we invite you to spread the love of words by donating to the charity, First Book. They provide new books to children in need, and by contributing to their work, we are encouraging a new generation of readers and writers. Please consider sharing; even a tiny gift makes a difference. At least, visit the web page and watch the delightful video of children’s book authors telling the story of First Book. We think it will make you smile.

Finally, once again, please share Words Matter Week with your real life and social media contacts. Words are important, and once a year, we dedicate a bit of time to pondering them. If you participate, please comment below, and tell us what you’re doing. We would enjoy hearing more creative ideas!

Words Matter Week 2013

Join us March 3-9, 2013 for a celebration of Words Matter Week! This year, we’re focusing on clarity of expression. The chosen quote is by John Ray:

Words Matter Week 2013

 

He that uses many words
for the explaining of any subject doth,
like the cuttlefish,
hide himself for the most part in his own ink.

Words Matter Week Blog Topic Suggestions

In previous years, we have offered a blog challenge, but for 2013, we are simply going to offer a few blog topic suggestions. We look forward to seeing what you write!

  1. If you had to eliminate one word or phrase from the English language, what would it be? Why?
  2. Writers are artists with words as their medium. What author is your favorite word stylist?
  3. What person in your life helped you understand the importance of choosing words carefully? What would you say to them if you met them today?

 

If you choose to blog for Words Matter Week, please include an image of the poster (right-click and select “save as”) and link to the URL of this post. Also, please leave a comment with link below, so that others can find your post.

Free Downloadable Poster

You may download a letter-size PDF copy of the poster for any use:

2013-words-matter-week-poster

Additional Suggestions for How to Participate

Words Matter 2012-Day 5 Blog Challenge

Here’s the blog challenge question for Friday, March 9, 2012.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Rudyard Kipling for Words Matter Week 2012
If you had to eliminate one word or phrase from the English language, what would it be?  Why?

Background: In honor of
Words Matter Week, a holiday
that is celebrated annually the
first full week in March, the
National Association of
Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) is hosting a Blog Challenge with a specific daily topic Monday through Friday.

Each blogger who posts responses to all five questions will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift card from Amazon (nothing better than books for a word-lover!). The winner will be announced in the next issue of The Edge, NAIWE’s e-mail newsletter (if you don’t receive it yet, you may subscribe at NAIWE.com.

When you compose your challenge post, remember to write it on your own blog, and include a link to the post with the specific question. When you publish your post, come back to this site and leave the title of your blog response and a link to your blog in the comments section of the post you are answering. As always, we look forward to reading your responses.

 Words are loaded pistols..

Jean-Paul Sartre

Words Matter 2012-Day 4 Blog Challenge

Here’s the blog challenge question for Thursday, March 8, 2012.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Rudyard Kipling for Words Matter Week 2012

What Person in your life helped
you understand the importance
of choosing words carefully?
What would you say to them if
you met them today?

Background: In honor of
Words Matter Week, a holiday
that is celebrated annually the
first full week in March, the
National Association of
Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) is hosting a Blog Challenge with a specific daily topic Monday through Friday.

Each blogger who posts responses to all five questions will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift card from Amazon (nothing better than books for a word-lover!). The winner will be announced in the next issue of The Edge, NAIWE’s e-mail newsletter (if you don’t receive it yet, you may subscribe at NAIWE.com.

When you compose your challenge post, remember to write it on your own blog, and include a link to the post with the specific question. When you publish your post, come back to this site and leave the title of your blog response and a link to your blog in the comments section of the post you are answering. As always, we look forward to reading your responses.

 Words- so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Words Matter 2012-Day 3 Blog Challenge

Here’s the blog challenge question for Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Rudyard Kipling for Words Matter Week 2012

Communication breaks down when words are misused.  What is the funniest or worst breakdown you’ve ever observed?

Background: In honor of
Words Matter Week, a holiday
that is celebrated annually the
first full week in March, the
National Association of
Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) is hosting a Blog Challenge with a specific daily topic Monday through Friday.

Each blogger who posts responses to all five questions will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift card from Amazon (nothing better than books for a word-lover!). The winner will be announced in the next issue of The Edge, NAIWE’s e-mail newsletter (if you don’t receive it yet, you may subscribe at NAIWE.com.

When you compose your challenge post, remember to write it on your own blog, and include a link to the post with the specific question. When you publish your post, come back to this site and leave the title of your blog response and a link to your blog in the comments section of the post you are answering. As always, we look forward to reading your responses.

 Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Words Matter 2012-Day 2 Blog Challenge

Here’s the blog challenge question for Tuesday, March 6, 2012.Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Rudyard Kipling for Words Matter Week 2012

What word, said or unsaid, has or could change your life?  How?

Background: In honor of Words Matter Week, a holiday that is celebrated annually the first full week in March, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) is hosting a Blog Challenge with a specific daily topic Monday through Friday.

Each blogger who posts responses to all five questions will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift card from Amazon (nothing better than books for a word-lover!). The winner will be announced in the next issue of The Edge, NAIWE’s e-mail newsletter (if you don’t receive it yet, you may subscribe at NAIWE.com.

When you compose your challenge post, remember to write it on your own blog, and include a link to the post with the specific question. When you publish your post, come back to this site and leave the title of your blog response and a link to your blog in the comments section of the post you are answering. As always, we look forward to reading your responses.

 In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Words Matter 2012-Day 1 Blog Challenge

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Rudyard Kipling for Words Matter Week 2012Here’s the blog challenge question for  Monday, March 5, 2012.

Writers craft words into memorable phrases, stories, poems and plays.  What writers make your heart sing? Why?

Background: In honor of Words Matter Week, a holiday that is celebrated annually the first full week in March, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) is hosting a Blog Challenge with a specific daily topic Monday through Friday.

Each blogger who posts responses to all five questions will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift card from Amazon (nothing better than books for a word-lover!). The winner will be announced in the next issue of The Edge, NAIWE’s e-mail newsletter (if you don’t receive it yet, you may subscribe at NAIWE.com.

When you compose your challenge post, remember to write it on your own blog, and include a link to the post with the specific question. When you publish your post, come back to this site and leave the title of your blog response and a link to your blog in the comments section of the post you are answering. As always, we look forward to reading your responses.

 To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.

Truman Capote

Get Ready for Words Matter Week 2012

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Rudyard Kipling for Words Matter Week 2012It’s time to focus on words once again, and in preparation for the Words Matter Week 2012 celebration, we’ve uploaded a new poster. You are welcome to print it, post it, distribute it, and otherwise use it, as long as you leave it intact. If you’d like to link back to this site, please use http://WordsMatterWeek.com to get directly to our home page.

Words Matter Week takes place March 4-10, 2012.

The quote for this year is by Rudyard Kipling:

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
Rudyard Kipling

 If you decide to blog on this quote, please be sure to link back to this post.

Over the course of Words Matter Week, we invite you to blog on the questions below.

Monday
Writers craft words into memorable phrases, stories, poems and plays. Who are the writers who make your heart sing? Why?

Tuesday
What word, said or unsaid, has or could change your life? How?

Wednesday
Communication breaks down when words are misused. What is the funniest or worst break-down you’ve ever observed?

Thursday
What person in your life helped you understand the importance of choosing words carefully? What would you say to them if you met them today?

Friday
If you had to eliminate one word or phrase from the English language, what would it be? Why?

Each blogger who posts responses to all five questions will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift card from Amazon (nothing better than books for a word-lover!). The winner will be announced in the next issue of The Edge, NAIWE’s e-mail newsletter (if you don’t receive it yet, you may subscribe at NAIWE.com.

When you compose your challenge post, remember to write it on your own blog, and include a link to the post with the specific question. When you publish your post, come back to this stie and leave the title of your blog response and a link to your blog in the comments section of the post you are answering. As always, we look forward to reading your responses

Blog Challenge Winner for Words Matter Week 2011

We’d like to offer a hearty thanks to everyone who blogged in the Words Matter Week 2011 blog challenge. It was a delight to read the posts, and we particularly enjoyed visiting writers and blogs we’d never before encountered.

Olivia de Cat-in-Hand, NAIWE's Official Random SelectorWe’re delighted to announce the 2011 challenge winners. Yes, you read that right. Winners, plural. You see, we had a bit of technical difficulty in choosing a name out of the bowl. Olivia, NAIWE’s official random selector has extremely fuzzy paws. After a few tries in which most of the names were drawn at once, she finally drew only two in one swipe, and seeming to feel that her job was done, walked off.

That’s why we’re awarding two $25 Amazon.com gift certificates for blogging on all five topics. The winners are Debra of Footprints in the Butter, and Lindsay Oberst of Word Zeal. Congratulations to both of you!

Words Matter 2011-Day 5 Blog Challenge

Here’s the blog challenge question for  Friday, March 11, 2011.

Words, like moths, are captured by writers who pin them to the page in various forms. What writer’s work most deftly captivates you? Why?

Words Matter Week 2011 poster from NAIWE.comIf you’d like to participate in the challenge, write a post on your own blog on the topic of the day, then visit the Words Matter blog to leave your post title and link in the comment section so that others can enjoy what you’ve written. Be sure to share your posts in Facebook, Twitter, and other social media!

Background: In honor of Words Matter Week, a holiday that is celebrated annually the first full week in March, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) is hosting a Blog Challenge with a specific daily topic Monday through Friday.

Each blogger that posts a response to each day’s challenge (a total of five posts) will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Amazon.com. The winner will be announced in the next issue of The Edge, NAIWE’s e-mail newsletter. (If you don’t receive it yet, you may subscribe at the NAIWE homepage).

Remember to write the post on your own blog, adding a link to this post. Return to this page and add a comment on this post, with the title of your response and a link to your post.

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.  How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?  For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone.  That is where the writer scores over his fellows:  he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.

~Vita Sackville-West