Trite. I’ve never really thought about the word much. But it was the first word that came to mind as I read a new book I picked up online. I won’t name the author or title, but I was both disappointed and relieved to read some of it. The book was full of conversation and descriptions that were trite. Let me explain.
The Websters dictionary says this about the meaning of “trite”: …”worn out by constant use, no longer having freshness, originality, or novelty; stale…lost it’s freshness and impressive force.”
Whoa. It’s so tempting to write like that. It’s safe and easy to use all those expressions and descriptions that someone else has used millions of times. It takes courage, enlightenment and patience to come up with words that mean something deeper than trite superficiality. I was disappointed in the book because I was looking forward to gleaning some specific information from it. I was relieved because I realized I had been successful at keeping the majority of my WIP manuscript free of trite writing.
I’m not saying there aren’t a few cliches thrown in here and there, but now I can see how watered down descriptions water down a perfectly good story. I hope to go back and edit all the triteness out of my MS.
So, I wonder about my spiritual life. How much trite conversation do I have with the Lord and my fellow man? Has my prayer life and witness been watered down by staleness? Have I lost my impressive force? Have I stopped letting God breathe freshness and creativity into my gifts, my relationships and my talents?
Tough questions to ask. I will be asking them more often since I opened this book. I guess that makes it a “good read” after all.