Sometimes, the words won’t work for me. Today seems to be one of those days.
And writing the wrong word just to get it written might work for some purposes (rough drafts) but not here. Mark Twain said it best, so I’ll borrow some words of his here:
“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
And it really bugs me when I can’t bring you the lightning.
So rather than write a string of words about not being able to write a string of words, I’ll share some lists of words and links to word resources.
It’s the best I can do for you today.
One source of a great number of writing resources is the marvelous website The Writer’s Circle. I’ve accumulated a folder of their lists and images, all about writing — a lot of them about words, in particular.
Especially fun for me are their lists of words for specific functions, actions, or objects.
Here’s a list of connectors, categorized for your perusal and use.
This sort of list is better than a thesaurus. You should see the list of words to substitute for the nefarious “very” — Twain suggested substituting “damn” for it in each instance so the editor would do the chore of removing the offensively weak adjective before printing.
How many of these would you have come up with on your own? Or even with a thesaurus?
If you can’t find a suitable description or substitute for an overused word for pain in that list, you’re just not trying.
Again, they provide a wide variety of options for the right word for a writer. If you can’t find a good word here, well, look again.
Finally, never forget the power of slang words which bubble up through usage only to be mainstreamed somewhere along the way.
And when in doubt, it’s even all right to slip in some gobbledygook — who knows when it might be accepted into standard use? Just look at some of these words that we’ve accepted and retained to this day: balance, interview, donate, contact. You might just come up with the next neologism that rewrites the language!
So here’s your assignment (should you choose to accept it): find your own words today.
I’ll be back with more of mine soon, okay?