Writers as Wordsmiths

Writing Books: Photo courtesy of Kristin Nador/ wana commons

Writing Books: Photo courtesy of Kristin Nador/ wana commons

Per Mirriam-Webster.com, a wordsmith is a person who works with words. Like a blacksmith, a person who works with . . . uh, black? Our English language can be complicated. A smith is someone who works with metals. Not related to writing at all.
But writers do work with words. We arrange them, and rearrange them, several times to make a sentence have the right impact or be grammatically correct. Often, the most common word will strike me as misspelled when I type it onto the page.
Then there is the use of words in a sentence that would normally make no sense at all, but found its way to mean something else entirely. For instance: For me, the contest was a bomb. But, if I had many agents request more of my entry, I would say the contest was the bomb! Or what if you child sasses you. You might say that child was fresh. Fresh? As in clean? Here’s another: You buy a new outfit and try it on for hubby. He tells you it’s stunning. Is he shocked? Or he might say it’s very becoming. Becoming what? What if you are trying to hear a conversation at a noisy bar? Your friend asks if you heard her. You say: I heard a good deal of it. Was she talking or playing cards?
When you scrape your shin, first you swear, then you say it smarts. And why is someone washed up when they have just bombed?
Words are fun. I guess that’s why I’m a writer. Can you add any to my examples?


About Gerri

I'm in my second career. Besides raising my beautiful family, worked as RN. Now I'm a novelist. Have completed five novels and working on my sixth. Way more fun than nursing! Happy hubby and neurotic cat hang out with me.

Posted on February 23, 2015, in On Writing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I was trying to create an artwork for my next show, but after a few futile hours of work, I decided that my idea was half baked. Was I making art or cooking?

  2. Very late to comment, but while visiting an English-speaking country, a fellow tourist commented she’d never heard so much English she didn’t understand! Add “accent” to your list of confusion!

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