Something has changed in the past few days. I don’t know whether it is the excitement of a new life, the flood of icy, salt oxygen that was pumped into my mind as I wondered the Scandinavian streets of Denmark and Sweden, or maybe, just maybe, this blogging challenge is starting to work like I hoped it would. Something has changed in my brain and my fingers are tingling with thousands of words, yearning to be strung together like beads on a chain to make the most wonderful bracelet. (Back at it again with the metaphors!)
The Oxford English Dictionary online states that the Second Edition of the 20-volume contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. To this may be added around 9,500 derivative words included as subentries. Over half of these words are nouns, about a quarter adjectives, and about a seventh verbs; the rest is made up of exclamations, conjunctions, prepositions, suffixes, etc. And these figures don’t take account of entries with senses for different word classes (such as noun and adjective).
With all these words available to us, how can we not use them to write something amazing? Words come to me in many different ways, from dreams or people watching, inspired by songs, books, films, and TV, sometimes I get it from art work or even maps. Other times, the inspiration just hits me like a smack in the face and I’m flooded with an image of floating pirate ships, demons from the underworld, or glorious landscapes filled with creatures with magnificent colours!
Words can do magical things, they can move us to tears, make us laugh, or make us angry. They can put images in your brain that are totally unique to your own brain. You can then use those images to write your own words which can then, in turn, put images in someone else’s brain. It’s a wonderful cycle that I’m glad to be part of, and while it’s hard to figure out where the cycle truly began, we can help to make sure it continues.
A world without words is a world without dreams, and a world without dreams isn’t a world worth living at all.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Let me know in the comments!