That is a little clearer than your initial response. I’ll try to provide an answer to your questions:
- I do think that words are instruments in many ways. They each have their own unique sounds and different pieces they work better in than others. But more broadly, they’re instruments because we as writers use them in order to make an expression — much like musicians use their instruments in order to make a piece of music. Is it exactly analogous? No. But my motivation for calling them instruments was to get writers to view words outside of the normal way they may be viewing them — whatever that may be.
- I brought up the Tao Te Ching in my intro paragraph as an anchor for my point that nothing is as it seems. I brought that idea because nothing that we as artists and writers take for granted is really as it seems. The more we remember that, and try to take a different look at things, the better it will be for our work.
I hope that makes sense. I wanted to be a little esoteric, but not downright confusing.