Wild, Creative Delight

The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night, and is followed by those who hear him with something of wild, creative delight. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve been painting the last few days, the kitchen Hawthorne yellow, the dining room, Windham cream. Adding color changes the feeling of the house, the kitchen is much more cheerful and welcoming, the dining room serene and peaceful. Are you adding enough color to your writing? Or do your readers just skim the pages? Using the right word is like adding color to your page.

Today from the book The Words You Should Know, 1200 essential words every educated person should be able to use and define by David Olsen I randomly picked five words work them into a paragraph, a page or a short story.


How many did you know without looking them up?

Now get back to work!

The Writing Nag

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One Reply to “Wild, Creative Delight”

  1. Hah. My background in linguistics saves me not! I got close on “bumptious” but not quite.

    The rest of them are already beloved words of mine. Especially “aesthetic,” as I say it a lot. And “umbrage” has always amused me because it makes a person sound stuffy and British.

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