Following is a list of only a few of the many words that I like:
Words have power. We know this as writers. They move us to action; they stir desire; they incite; they rally; they quiet; they infuse; they placate; they calm and comfort and so on. Some words we love for their meaning. Other times the sound of an isolated word…the way it trips across the tongue, tickles us. Sometimes it’s the look of the written word–the spelling, the way the letters cluster that interests us. Who can say what word fascination is really about?
What are your words…the ones that when you hear them you are moved in some way. Make your own list of evocative words.
Something to ponder:
- Do you think that antiquated words frame a belief system?
- Do new words invoke something new?
It seems to me that each word is its own inspiration–that is, a word can take the writer on a journey into their own experience in some peculiar and unique way.
Try it: Choose a word from your word list and let it be your writing prompt…write a paragraph, a page or a poem. Have fun with this wordplay.