What's in a Word? - Wendy H. Jones
Those of you who know me well know that I would never in all my days call myself a poet. Yes, I write rhyming picture books but those appeal to the average 3-7 year old. Not really what I'd call poetry. I was thinking of giving you an example of my poetry but decided you were already suffering enough during a worldwide pandemic. Why would I make your eyes and brain bleed by foisting anything else on you. Then there's short stories. Much as I like writing these, doing one a day for forty days seems less a labour of love and more forced labour. My brain was saying, "Are you having a laugh. You're on your own, I'm off for a cup of tea and a lie down." Not short stories then. Flash fiction and blogs seemed a little more manageable but still not filling me with bonhomie and good cheer.
You'd think by now I'd give up on this challenge. Why do something which fills me with a feeling of nervousness each day and where there's a jolly good chance I might fail? The answer lies in my genes. Not only am I Scottish, I'm a wee lassie from Dundee. This means I'm as feisty as all get out and I never back off from a challenge. The challenge also inspired and encourages me to be a better writer. To think about my writing. I've been mulling over how I can do this in a way that suits me. One where I am excited about starting the challenge each day and approach it with a feeling of joy (cue meadows and happy music). Then it came to me, I love words. They are magical things which transport me to another world, a world where my characters do what I want them to (on the whole) and where readers can spend time.
Here's the clincher. This challenge gives me forty beautiful, inspirational words. One word each day which I can use as an idea for my current novel. They will help shape the narrative and might change my WIP in ways I could never previously imagine. I can slip them in and no one but me will ever know where they came from or why they are there. Words have power and I can use that power to my advantage. I am once more excited about the challenge and can't wait to get started. Who knows, one of the words may be one which kicks off a whole new book.
Of course, that can't happen until I've had my pancakes which is were we started this blog.