To all writers out there I pose the question about the balance in your writing between the story and the words that you use to tell that story. Is one more important, or more of a conscious effort, than the other? To what degree? It is kind of like asking a photographer which is more important, the subject or the presentation. It is all a matter of preference and perception.
I enjoy playing with the words in my poetry, but it is vital that the poem in the end result tells a story or displays an emotion. Hopefully both. But it is also important that the words themselves have fun. In my stories I will explore the words that I use and search for words more nuanced for the situation. But the words cannot be there just for themselves. If I change a word or use a new one it must add something significant as opposed to its absence. Otherwise it would be just words.
The best thing about being a writer,for me, is the intimate relationship that you develop with language and communication, the basic building blocks of a functioning society.
So what’s your story?