I had an epiphany this morning. Words are meant to be fun!
When I was little, I loved playing with words – writing was fun. Somewhere along the line, as I’ve learnt there are rules for words, and rules for stories, I’ve lost that fun. I’m a perfectionist, and a rule-follower and thus I enjoy editing. Polishing! Making things glow! Making words follow the rules!
But I haven’t been able to let go of that thinking while I’m writing my first drafts – and let me tell you, lately I’ve been majorly constipated in a creative way! As my dose of laxative, I’m working my way through The Artist’s Way book (only on Week 1) and I also downloaded a book last night that led to my epiphany (Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day).
I’ve been thinking of words as tools, not toys. I need to get back to the fun of playing with words like a little kid with Lego. Not following the rules, following the creative joy. (Speaking of Lego – The Lego Movie is great fun and all about that very theme of embracing creativity!)
You only need to look at how much fun Roald Dahl has with words – or even Shakespeare for that matter. I need to get that back. Make up words, make up phrases, let the words sparkle.
So help me out. Tell me – what are you favourite ways of playing with words?