The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter–’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.
This quote resonates with me. There are many ways a thought can be expressed–even a single word can make a difference. Sometimes words just flow. Other times, a better phrase comes to mind after a break. One thing I have been enjoying about blogging is that the process encourages spontaneity and sharing, as opposed to hiding thoughts in a drawer, embarrassed by their imperfection. However, knowing there is such a thing as a lightning flash, as opposed to the spark of a firefly, inspires my attention.
According to Bartleby.com, Mark Twain (1835-1910) offered this advice for George Bainton’s compilation, The Art of Authorship, 1890. Best known for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain was a prolific American writer, humorist, and public speaker. Writing under a pen name, his real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.