As writers we often fall into the rut of using the same tired words over and over again. I understand if the story is compelling enough, readers don’t always notice our stuck-in-rut trend. Personally, I’m longing for more creativity.
I considered my options for the bigger word trek.
Several of my fellow writing gurus plop open the dictionary –yep, the old fashioned one with pages and everything — then pursue a particular letter. Sounds doable.
Some of my friends increased the size of their language skills through higher academic degrees. A number of years ago, a dear friend obtained her MBA from SMU. When I asked what a difference the higher-priced degree made in her life, she said, ‘I paid for a twenty-thousand dollar vocabulary. The right words make people notice.’
*MAKE PEOPLE NOTICE*
As a writer that should be my job.
So how to accomplish this increase in my ‘learned’ vocabulary. I’m too old for a MBA — nor would I ever have the stamina for this challenge. The dictionary exercise is fun and entertaining, but solitary. It’s all about me and what I observe. For my intense learning, I wanted something more interactive.
To that end, I’ll post a letter each week, list the words that I can think of, that I would use in normal writing or conversation — not what I’d find from the thesaurus — but words that I own.
Play along, and add more words for that letter.
Is this in the typical A, B, C order? Naw, that might staunch creativity.
This week’s letter is E:
1) evidence — my latest romantic suspense deals with lawyers and ‘political’ backroom deals gone awry. Evidence is essential for my heroine to undercover the ‘real’ villains.
2) exhilarate — what I feel when writing.
3) enthrall — I’ve been writing love scenes and hope my characters are totally enthralling or charming each other at this point in the book.
4) exercise — what I feel guilty about NOT doing.
5) energetic — what I’d feel if did more of word #4.
6) eviscerate — just used this in writing yesterday, means to take away something vital. Is that a strong word or what?
7) eerie — love the concept, can never spell the word without spell check.
8) entertained — what I hope my writing accomplishes.
9) enthusiastic — what I’ll feel when I bang out the last 60 pages of my work-in-progress (WIP).
10) edgy — what I want my suspense books to contain.
This is only a start, but I’m searching to ‘expand’ (snuck that one in) my ‘entire’ E collection.
Rain has arrived in Texas and the weather is holding in the mid-80s. Lovely! Even if we have a few (more like an epidemic –one more E to close on) of mosquitoes. Do drop by the porch again. I have plenty of bug spray.