How did you find your particular writing style? A creative writing class, a teacher, a format or something else?
Do you write differently for different genres?
We all find a process that allows us to convey our story in the best way is good – right? There are several styles that utilize words/language, sentence structure, and paragraph structure, to convey our meaning effectively in respect of the genre we write.
Last week’s question: How important is research to you when writing a book? What have you researched for you current manuscript?
For me, research is half the fun of writing. Even with the convenience of today’s Internet, I still enjoy thumbing through “real” reference books: highlighting, underlining, dog-earing pages, sticky noting, etc. My most recent research project has been on cremation.
I have researched medieval physician’s healing techniques, the circumstances of how a body can dry out and become a husk, natural substances that prevent pregnancy or induce sterility.
As we all know Shakespeare was adept at creating numerous words for his own works, which are even today in common usage (whether we known their origin or not!) So today’s question is: Do you make your own vocabulary words in your book or resort to the existing ones?
Here is a list of Shakespeare’s unique words:
Bandit Henry VI, Part 2. 1594
Critic Love’s Labour Lost. 1598.
Dauntless Henry VI, Part 3. 1616.
Dwindle Henry IV, Part 1. 1598.
Elbow (as a verb) King Lear. 1608.
Green-Eyed (to describe jealousy) The Merchant of Venice. 1600.
Lackluster As You Like It. 1616.
Lonely Coriolanus. 1616.
Skim-milk Henry IV, Part 1. 1598.
Swagger Midsummer Night’s Dream. 1600.
Shakespeare must have loved the prefix un- because he created or gave new meaning to more than 300 words that begin with it. Here are just a few:
Unaware Venus & Adonis. 1593.
Uncomfortable Romeo & Juliet. 1599
Undress Taming of the Shrew. 1616.
Unearthly A Winter’s Tale. 1616
Unreal Macbeth. 1623
When we look at these words it is fascinating to think until the Bard created them they did not exist!
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Last week’s question: Where is your perfect writing retreat?
Weather it’s sitting somewhere with a legal pad, or sitting at my desk in front of my desktop computer, I need complete silence when I write.
Although I began my novel, NOLA Gals with an extended metaphor of the ocean while on a cruise, poolside with a tropical drink, I wrote most of it alone at my sister’s cottage. I moved back and forth between deck and kitchen table, piling up research books & handwriting historical data in ringed notebooks. Eventually it all came together on my laptop.
The machine utilized a binoternary system in its program. With a circumbilivagination channel a series of utible containers were adimpleate with buccellated portions. Strict cleaning of the channels prevented defedate of the contents.
celeberrimous adj 1768 -1768
very or most highly celebrated
Her celeberrimous accomplishments were lauded by her colleagues.
krioboly n 1850 -1882
sacrifice of many rams; bath in blood of rams
Contrary to rumor, pagan rituals do not involve krioboly or baby-eating.
medioxumate adj 1723 -1723
of gods of intermediate rank between those of heaven and of hell
Medioxumate deities such as those of the Greek pantheon are rarely worshiped today.
nerterology n 1800 -1800
learning relating to the dead or the underworld
Her inquiries into nerterology were inspired by a youthful visit to a medieval crypt.
poliadic adj 1886 -1886
of the nature of a local or tutelary god
Respect for poliadic spirits and deities continued long after the region converted.
My sentence: Throughout the professors investigations, he was intrigued by the nerterology of poliadic, celeberrimous and medioxumate figures within the ancient religions. The krioboly however was distasteful to his way of thinking.
I thought it was apt to follow on from my Wednesday blog concerning roaming or traveling with these great lost words.
apanthropinization 1880 -1880
withdrawal from human concerns or the human world
His life as a hermit in the woods was characterized by apanthropinization.
assectation 1656 -1656
act of following after something else
She stood in the on-deck circle, her assectation virtually guaranteed.
autexousious 1678 -1678
exercising or possessing free will
If we are truly autexousious, then why do we so often feel powerless?
auturgy 1651 -1656
self-action; independent activity
The film director’s legendary auturgy frustrated editors and producers alike.
xenization 1818 -1818
fact of travelling as a stranger
This period of youthful xenization was the source of his later cultural tolerance.
An urge for auturgy and to assestation, such as her wanderlust, meant xenization would give Tania, the opportunity to exercise her autexousious and apanthropinization. Living on her own terms not those of society.