What would your billboard SHOUT?!

5 May

Just yesterday I drove by the ballpark in my small community and saw that it had installed a brand new, blinky billboard. It lets passersby know of upcoming baseball games and other fun activities happening at the park.

And it also provided two admonitions to the drivers whizzing by.

And they were in capital letters, ending in exclamation points.

BUCKLE UP!

STAY HYDRATED!

They were very apropos messages.

Drivers driving by certainly need to buckle up. It’s the law, and if someone is kept safer (perhaps, alive) that’s a message that needs to be shared.

And since I live in Alabama, the second message was a good one as well. It’s just May, but has felt like in-the-middle-of-Summer lately.

The loud messages made me think:

We writers have something to say; it’s usually why we became writers in the first place; it’s why we put pen to paper, or fingers to computer…we want to get our message out into the world.

If you could pronounce your message on a big, blinky sign for all the passersby to see, what would that message be?

I asked this exact question on Facebook and got some good answers:

BE KIND

REMAIN CALM

CHECK YOUR SOURCES

EAT CAKE

DO SOMETHING

Wonderful ideas and  messages, each of them. (I’m especially in favor of the eating of cake.)

It’s certainly something to think about.

What message is your writing going to tell?

What are you communicating with your words, sentences, stories?

What are you SAYING?

 

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