Play with words! Scoot out boring adjectives from their regular places, scoop up fresh ones, and pop them in where you think they don’t belong.
I’ve had a long day. I feel tired. But the word tired is so tired. It’s been one of those days when the problems keep stacking up, and I just don’t have the energy to deal with it anymore. I feel unfizzed. My brain feels like gravel. My nerves are barbed wire. I feel like I’m dragging the day kicking and screaming behind me.
Unfizzed is better than tired, right?
If this word-switch doesn’t come naturally to you, try doing it this way:
1 – Pick something you can describe with an adjective. Let’s go with you.
2 – Pick another noun that’s not related. Let’s say “cupboards”.
3 – Now make a list of adjectives and descriptions for “cupboards”, and try to creatively apply one to you. Feel free to use a thesaurus!
4 – So maybe you’re feeling closed. Or shut in. Or like some piece of unnoticed furniture. Or like you can conceal people’s secrets. Or polished. Or roughly hewn. Or like someone’s taken an axe to you.
A confetti of words.
When you toss out the ordinary and bring in the unexpected, your pebble-path of sentences become a confetti of words. Your language becomes more evocative, and feelings and images explode in bursts of colour.
And if you’re not feeling your fizz, don’t stress. Stress kills creativity. Just keep trying, and the fizz will find you.