I can’t guarantee these words will make you a better writer, but they may be just what you need to crack open the writer’s block that your creativity is trapped inside.
I won’t pretend to be an expert, a published writer, or some mystical word guru. Instead, I prefer the phrase “word enthusiast.” As a self-proclaimed non-traditional English major: I don’t read regularly, and I write infrequently. So I absorb most of my literary prowess through school, conversation, and by ogling various sources on the Internet for gross amounts of time. However, I’ve been writing poetry since I was about 11-years-old, and philosophical conversations have been the foundation of my relationship with my father since I can remember. Between the two, I found a love for words. Not excessively grandiose words like, “antidisestablishmentarianism.” Words that tickled my imagination by saying something more than the verbatim translation could ever offer, words that captivate emotions and contrive new interpretations. Truly, I find plain language falls short of conveying real meaning; colors become faded, emotions diminish, and the landscape of expression gets reduced to plains instead of mountains. A fire truck isn’t just “red,” it’s “crimson.” People aren’t simply sad; they are “crestfallen.” Life is not just “hard,” it is “arduous.” So without further ado, here’s a bunch of adjectives (and a handful of nouns and a verb) that’ll enrich your perception of the world and maybe even yourself.
For the “purist” out there, remember that all words were made up at some time. The beauty of language is that everyone can create new words.
As long people follow the rules of a given language (i.e., the grammar), there’s no limit to the possibilities.
Feel free to comment other enticing words below for others to enjoy!