Happy National Dictionary Day everyone!
Today I found out it’s National Dictionary Day. I had two responses to that:
2. There’s a story idea.
As a writer, I’ve had a love affair with the dictionary since my neighbors well-meaningly gave me my very own dictionary when I was in second grade. I was too young to appreciate it at the time and instead used it as a stool, as a drawing tablet, and occasionally as a threat to my sister (sorry sis). I started to seriously dislike the book when my father refused to tell me the meaning of something but instead declared, "Go look it up."
But as I got older and wiser and slightly nerdier, I started to love the secrets that book held. Now I know the dictionary isn’t a weapon for hitting my sister with, it’s in fact a weapon for hitting the world with my message.
How should we celebrate the National Day for such an important tool? By writing of course! Let National Dictionary Day inspire you:
· Flip through your dictionary (if you have a paper copy) and randomly pick a word, then create a story around it.
· Visit the National Day Calendar to find the perfect stimulus to get your writing muscles working out.
· If you’re already knee-deep in a story, include an obscure word or two in your writing. Just make sure your meaning doesn’t become fuliginous.