Wonderful Words on Words from Brian Jacques

130001114I love words (and phrases, and sentences, and paragraphs, and books, and…). When I began this blog I opened with a poem that attempted to capture my delight in them.

This summer while reorganizing my office, I found a stash of books I’d set aside from which I wanted to capture some quotes. So here, for today, are some of Brian Jacques thoughts on words, taken from his interview with Leonard S. Marcus, for his book (also a great read) The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy.


I love it that as a writer you work with the poetry and music of words. Words are as wild as rocky peaks. They’re as smooth as a millpond and as sunny as a day in a meadow. Words are beautiful things. Every one matters.

Wild and beautiful words erupted in my heart as my husband and I explored Mt. Rainier National Park this summer. When and how do words make your spirit sing?


2 thoughts on “Wonderful Words on Words from Brian Jacques

  1. “When and how do words make your spirit sing?” – My own words never sing to me, but when I read others’ words, and I’ve been drawn in just right, it’s like the words dance into images in my mind. Thank you for sharing this, I’ve always loved Jacques work.


    • You are welcome! Like you, my own words don’t necessarily sing to me. They’re too familiar. However, when I read something wonderful that someone else has written it stirs my soul and makes me yearn to write something that might somehow sing to someone else.

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