Don’t Read This Blog by Calvin Davis

 Stop! Don’t read this blog!

Wait! Didn’t you see the second sentence? It plainly instructed, “Don’t read this blog.” And, here you are perusing sentence number six.  So, you’ve failed that part of the quiz.

How about this? Part two: Do not think of the words “lemon juice.” Did you pucker a little? What did your saliva glands do? Ah, you thought of them, didn’t you? You failed the little quiz.

It’s amazing how words can manipulate your thinking. It was impossible for you  to heed my order not to read farther or not to think of the taste of lemon juice and its effects on your mouth. Because those words were embedded in the instructions and already in your brain, doing their thing. For as soon as I told you not to read this, your innate curiosity took over. Well, why not? Does the blog contain something someone does not want me to see? Information government censored? The power of a few words and my order gain strength like the forbidden apple in the Garden of Eden. Because it was taboo, you must see it. Correct? Like Chaucer wrote in the Canterbury Tales, “We weep and clamour for that which we cannot have.” We’ve been alike for centuries, all over the world.

What does all of this have to do with writing novels or plays, etc. Everything. Novelists write about people, and the nature of people doesn’t seem to change. Shakespeare’s plays were written around four-hundred years ago. They are as up to date now as they were in the 1600’s. Why? Because people are still spiteful, magnanimous, egotistical, humble, loyal, back-stabbing, loving, hateful, jealous, and vain as they were when The Bard lived.

With all of the above in mind, maybe the title of your next novel should be Revealed At Last: the Novel the Government Did Not Want You to Read. And when your novel tops the New York Times Best Sellers List, show modesty and humility with such a remark–“Oh, I’m so shocked I topped the list.” Don’t worry, your secret will be safe. I won’t tell anyone that you are a smiling liar. As Shakespeare wrote, “False smile must hide what false heart doth know.”


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4 responses to “Don’t Read This Blog by Calvin Davis

  1. I confess, I simply had to read it. But where is the lemonade?

  2. Paul J. Stam

    Reblogged this on Paper, Mud & Me and commented:

    Don’t you dare read this post.

  3. Yes, Calvin. you are so right is saying words can manipulate a person’s thinking. I remember I was in a sales job years ago and my employer had the sales people take a class in words to use while selling our product. Instead of saying, “hot,” we were instructed to say, “piping hot.” Or instead of “cold, “ice cold.” Images were created in the customer’s mind that denoted a picture, maybe even a sense of comfort and familiarity. As a result, our sales rose. I found that very interesting and have used that class theory in my writing. As for the forbidden aspect, I can’t say I’ve used that, but maybe I’ll try it out. 🙂

  4. I have to say, words can manipulate the mind very well. That’s why I love them so much! Sometimes, when writing a book or a song even, I think about the words I use. Description can make a difference in the appeal of what you are trying to say. I like to mess with my friends at times, saying, “Don’t turn around!” and what do they do? They turn around! It’s a natural impulse, an instant reaction. You can’t tell me not to do something and expect me not to do it. 🙂 I like that Shakespeare quote, too.

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