Ms. Wooldridge writes about collecting words this week; keeping a small journal to write words down during boring meetings, making them up, collecting them from readings. An interesting idea, one I have occasionally tried but never with much consistency.
Once upon a time at a writing critique group, one of the members commented that choosing uncommon words distracted from the meaning of a poem, which resonated with me, but I find myself drawn to writers whose use of uncommon words force me to a dictionary to learn. Sometimes, word magnet poem games have an appeal; the idea of being constrained in one’s choices and still finding meaning in the stanzas that flow from the creative mind. Many Word Press writers use the word of the day prompt to drive their blogging thoughts. Some writers make up words. I include some links to some of the writers I have been reading lately to highlight several of these ideas.
Kevin shared this in the 3/14 PYM making up the word, yesternoon to great effect:
I Saw Flowers On My Way Through Yonder Woods Today
Diana, the Wandering Armadillo, sent me to a dictionary to look up sybaritic in this post:
Dianna at Thriving not Surviving followed the Word Press word, archaic to the antiquted word, apricity, to express her fears and needs in this post:
Please Wrap Me in Your Warm Embrace
At my personal blog, I shared a Magnet Poetry surreal inspiration:
Word Magnet a Puzzle
So what are your thoughts about words? Do you collect them from your reading? Do you make them up? Do you like archaic words or uncommon words? Would you prefer common language? Share your thoughts in the comments below!