Friday, June 8, 2012

Words Are Magical

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”  -Mark Twain

Words are more important in our lives than most people realize. We use words to apologize, declare love, express anger, and to share the secrets of our hearts. Whenever we write, we are immortalizing our words with ink. When we do this our words become magical. They can hold a spell over our readers, draw them into our world, and bring them face to face with the people we create.

A single word is as powerful as ten words. Have you ever read a word that enticed your brain? 

I have.

Photo by Chrys Fey

Here is a list of 15 of my favorite words. Try using them in your writing if you can:
  1. Animalistic
  2. Gargantuan
  3. Orgasmic
  4. Ominous
  5. Evanesce
  6. Apocalyptic
  7. Mystique
  8.  Zealous
  9. Ticking
  10. Torturous
  11. Pulverize
  12. Illuminate
  13. Conspiratorial
  14. Havoc
  15. Celestial
Do you have any words that you love to use in speech and in writing? Make a list of them. Have you ever read a word that gave your brain tingles? Write those down too. Read poems, articles, and books to find such words to build your list, and then use those words to make your writing even more beautiful, but don’t overuse them or they’ll lose their power.

QUESTION: What are some of your favorite words?

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