Stop Underselling Yourself as a Writer. Words Are Magic (With Example)

Ana Martins
4 min readSep 20, 2022
Photo by Drew Beamer on Unsplash

I have been enjoying the work of fellow Medium writers for the past 6 months now.

While I really enjoy the wealth of themes and viewpoints available on Medium’s daily stream, not a day goes by that I don’t think of Nanni Moretti’s 1989 Palombella Rossa, in which the main character starts yelling at a journalist, “LE PAROLE SONO IMPORTANTI!”

Nanni Moretti and Mariella Valentini in Palombella Rossa)

I wish people would sometimes yell this sentence at my face too. It’s easy to forget the simplicity of its message: that I need to take time with words, to weigh each one in my hand before throwing it on the page.

Nanni Moretti was definitely onto something. But he was wrong. Words are not simply important. They are magic.

As Alan Moore argues in his brilliant BBC Maestro storytelling online class:

“writing and magic are practically the same thing. You should never think of yourself as merely an entertainer for hire who is lucky to have the work. You should try to remember the tradition that you are becoming part of. You should try to remember that a writer can change the world with their writing (….). If you are a…