The power of words


My identity as a writer is shaped by my background, belief system, friends and the schools I have attended. Hence, I approach writing as a form of identity which allows me to shape or reproduce dominant practices and the beliefs and interests they embody. As a student, my role as a writer is shaped by my background which gives me a voice to articulate my ideas.


The purpose for writing this work is to examine the power of words and how they influence our perceptions and belief systems. In addition, I review how words have the potential to affect our personal energy both positively and negatively. In addition, this discussion explores the relevance or power that words have had over my life.


The target audience for this presentation is learners whose lives may be improved by leveraging on the power of words. Overall, I believe that this manuscript is beneficial for students with misconceptions on writing identity.

Why are words powerful?

Words are powerful because their meaning shapes the perceptions that influence our beliefs, behavior and ultimately influence the world in significant ways. According to Zainudin et al (2021), words gain their power from the emotional responses that the audience gives when they read or hear them, depending on the context. For example, someone is bound to get different powerful and emotional reactions after saying the word the word ‘FIRE’ in the work place, a barbecue meet-up and a crowded room. Besides the context, words are powerful in the sense that they tend to elevate our personal energy and improve our lives.

How have words affected your life in a positive or negative ways?

            Although we may not be conscious of it, our words can affect others’ personal vibration in positive or negative ways. From a personal experience, there was this time I worked with this colleague who was a chronic complainer. He would talk in different negative terms as he complained about work, and I would often feel my personal energy get drained every time he started ranting. The above encounter led me to realize that words have great power and we ought to choose them wisely throughout our interactions.

Explain the relevance or power they have had over your life

            By surrounding myself with positive words around my office and home that reflect the positive energy that drives me and my goals, I always strive to harness positive energy. Ultimately, I believe that I am capable of transforming my life and others’ by wearing positivity all day. Additionally, using words consciously has given me the power to shift the energy I bring into my life.

What 10 Writing Concepts do “The Power of Words” and your perception of them most align with? Explain your reasoning

            Words derive their meanings from other words is the concept that aligns most with the power of words and my perception of them. As a young boy, my father would read to me every day at bedtime. Ultimately, repeatedly and simultaneously experiencing the connectedness of words enabled me to learn how to read by age four. My experience with words from a young age has allowed me to appreciate that words derive their meanings from others. In addition, their meaning and power are generated based on the context in which they are spoken (Zainudin et al. 2021). The above connectedness also gives words their power because their fluidity allows users to use them in thought provoking ways, informative or playfully.

Using Jimmy Santiago Baca’s “A Place to Stand”, explain how words were powerful to him and how he used to connect to the audience. Be sure to reference multiple quotes from the reading to support your analysis. 

            The power of words are even more evident in Jimmy Baca’s work in “A Place to Stand”, whereby he harnesses their power to drive the message home effectively to his audience. The author’s work was inspired by his life experiences which ultimately led him to harness the power of words to write his autobiography, right from his childhood to his incarceration. In specific, words were powerful to Baca because they allowed him to transform from an illiterate youth to a poet with an accomplished purpose of life. It was during solitary incarceration that the author was transformed, both as a writer and in his individual capacity. In the opening paragraph of chapter 5, Baca uses juxtaposition to describe the scene where he was calling his sister on the prison phone.

it  was strange to hear kids  quarreling in the  background , accompanied by Saturday morning TV cartoons, slamming pans, and Martina’s voice…. Behind me, in the jail, other life sounds echoed-curses, banging, pissed-off convicts hollering and guards barking orders into  their crackling walkie talkies…..(Baca, 2008).

            By utilizing the above stylistic device, the author plays with words to allow the audience to derive a deeper meaning. In the above scene, Baca allows his readers to weigh the tension of the contrasting contexts. In addition, it is worth noting that the author has utilized a suitable tone to deliver the purpose and address the targeted audience. The diction utilized throughout the text is appealing to all audiences particularly as demonstrated by the use of simple language. The choice or words used to convey meaning and impression is suitable for all audiences. For instance, in the scene where he was narrating his experience with the court appointed attorney prior to his sentencing, he utilizes simple language to the picture to his audience regarding his ignorance of the law.

“I didn’t understand what he was saying. I was ignorant of court procedure and intimated by legal jargon…I was more panicked by having rights than losing them” …(Baca, 2008).

            The transformation of the author from an illiterate youth to a poet was perhaps realized after being removed from solitary confinement (for the third time) to the general population. The author admitted that after being denied his senses for long, the random sights and sounds in the general population was a welcome change for him. After learning how to read and write, Baca used the power of words (writing) as a let out channel for his emotions. According to Baca, the platform allowed him to express the positive and negative emotions that lurked within him (Baca, 2008). This marked the beginning of his career as a professional writer.

Work Cited

  1. Baca, Jimmy Santiago. A Place to Stand: The Making of a Poet. Paw Prints/Baker & Taylor,        (2008), Print.
  2. Zainudin, Zainudin, Asef Wildan Munfadlila, and Saptono Hadi. “Utilization of Powerful Words  in Compiling Effective Communication Materials.” Journal Of Development       Research 5.1 (2021): 30-33.

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