Combining words into coherent, interesting phrases and sentences.
The type of words that strong writing feeds off of. Without them, stories fall flat, like a coin just flipped.
But it’s how we come up with the right words, the right nouns that’s all the fun. Some iconic American authors may tell you to reach for that tempting bottle of scotch, friends may tell you to open up a dictionary or thesaurus, but where’s the fun in that?
Our minds are like steel boxes. We store words and phrases like our private journals store our most guarded secrets. It’s rediscovering them that brings a smile to a writer’s face. Each word, noun, phrase associated with a specific memory, emotion, time in their life.
But then there are those words that hide behind others. They disguise themselves from us, making us work that much harder, think that much more about what we want to say and how we want to say it.
And perhaps those are the best kind of words. Hard work pays off, so the same should be true about thinking and writing. Taking the easy way out, sprinkling your writing with fancy words from a “Word of the Day” calendar, just isn’t satisfying. It’s like accidentally grabbing the salt shaker and shaking it above your salad. Yes, it’s still seasoning, but it gives it a different twist. Unintentional.
Climb the wooden ladder into the recesses of your mind to pull out the words, nouns, letters, and phrases to make your work uniquely yours. Let it shine.