Lately I’ve been collecting words.
I came across this word in a novel I was reading, and fell in love:
Isn’t that just a marvellous way to describe an old man’s face?
Then I started noticing other words when they popped up:
Words I hadn’t really thought about in years, though I knew the meanings.
Words that are nice to roll around on your tongue. Words that pop like red roses in your paragraphs.
As you voyage through the festive season, why not make a list of the interesting words you come across. Its not a hard or time-consuming thing to do – I scribble mine on the scrappy little pad of paper I keep by my bed for the purposes of writing to do lists and things I have to remember in the morning.
Then I transfer them to the back page of my writing notebook when I have a moment to spare. Easily done.
I’ve got a bit of a passion for F words at the moment, as you can see!
They don’t have to be on a theme or for a reason. I collect them only because they appeal to me. They sing out from the page.
Now I’ve got a growing resource for making my writing interesting and alluring – I’ve written a little about this before, and I’m coming back to it. I’m thinking about creating a kind of utilitarian type prose, a la Hemingway, but studded with jewels of unusual and seductive words.
So, why not see what little jewels you can dig up?