I have an assignment due next week for a creative writing course I’m taking and I’m always looking for ways to challenge myself. My latest idea is inspired by this thread and the fact that I heard the word raconteur twice today within the space of two hours, from completely disconnected sources. Anyway, I thought I’d use these words:
So why am I here? Well, I want to use ten juicy words to write my story. Not just the ten, but you know, build the story around the ten words. I’m taking suggestions for the remaining seven.
Also, am I allowed to post the story after I’ve written it, and if I am allowed, would anyone want to see it?
*I was unsure if this thread belonged in MPSIMS or IMHO, so I am happy wherever it ends up.
Any seven words?
Can’t wait to read it!
Thank you BuckleberryFerry. I used vehement in my last story and the professor pointed out, quite rightly I thought, that it tends to be overused and stale these days.
I loved these!
And I remembered another word that has been rattling around my brain lately, compliments of Doper Giraffe’s sig–prehensile. That’s definately going on the list, along with one of these three. Cool, the fire is heating up, and I’m getting excited.
blepharoplasty (having your eyelids “done”)
um…looks at footwear…Converse.
I would suggest staying away from too many Latin-derived words because it will end up sounding like some sort of pretentious “Ad-Libs.” Having said that, my list will have a few anyway. I thing these words would be a fun challenge:
These are a few of my favorite words.
conflagration (it’s such an evocative word)
haberdasher (I just love the sound of it)
You’ll have to check the spelling, but:
defenestration (then you could add some action to your story)
autocthonic --(time to lay off the Vance I guess)
Thanks so much guys and gals! This has really been a fun project for me. I made a list last night of 15 words, complete with definitions from both Merriam Webster and the OED and just practiced writing sentences with them, to better get a feel, you know. Anyway, today I began to write, I’m seven paragraphs in so far and I’m having a great deal of fun with it. I had to stop writing to go to writing class, but I sure didn’t want to! I added a couple of words to the list from the new entries today, and I’m not sure I’ll use all of them, but here they are (in no particular order):
I’ve already managed to use the bolded words.
Thanks everyone! Lastly, I still don’t know if I should post the result. I’m happy to, but I don’t want to break any rules.
I remember having a big argument with a friend at a bar about this word. He insisted it was another word for castration. I said no, it meant “to throw something out a window.” He was wasted and laughing and was shouting, “WHO IN THEIR FUCKING RIGHT MIND WOULD MAKE A WORD FOR THROWING SOMETHING OUT OF A FUCKING WINDOW!!!” The bouncer said, “Keep shouting like that and I’ll show you who.”
That’s why I love the word. It sounds so important and yet it only describes one very specific act.
Great comeback from the bouncer!