Words Matter Week 2015

Words Matter Week 2015 posterIt is time once again to focus on words! During the first week in March, we invite you to consider the importance of carefully crafted language. Words Matter Week is a time to focus on banishing slop and drivel from written and spoken communication. If you choose to blog about the holiday, please leave a comment below with a link to your post so others can read it.

The quote for Words Matter Week 2015 is simple:

If you wouldn’t write it and sign it, don’t say it.

The speaker is Earl Wilson (1907-1987), an author, actor, and syndicated columnist.

About Words Matter Week

Words Matter Week is celebrated annually, during the first full week in March, with celebrations held online at www.WordsMatterWeek.com and at libraries, bookstores, and schools nationwide. This special week, sponsored by the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE), focuses on the importance of words, particularly the written word.

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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

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

Words Matter 2011-Day 4 Blog Challenge

For Thursday, March 10, 2011, please share your favorite funny word story:

Words can be mangled, misused, or misunderstood. What is your funniest example of mangling, misuse, or misunderstanding?

If 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.

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking.

~John Maynard Keynes

Words Matter 2011-Day 3 Blog Challenge

The blog challenge question for Wednesday, March 9, 2011, is an easy one:

What is your favorite quote about words? Why?

If 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.

I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top.”

~English Professor (Name Unknown), Ohio University

Words Matter 2011-Day 2 Blog Challenge

Here’s the blog challenge question for Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

Words can change history.

What speech or document do you believe to be most important?Words Matter Week 2011 poster from NAIWE.com Why?

If 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.

I do not agree with a word that you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Voltaire