The day before yesterday I gave you a writing exercise named Re-peating, Re-peating and Re-writing. It was about finding as many synonyms as possible to one single word. I mentioned that you also can use your creativity to create new words. I would like to talk a bit more about that today.
Since English isn´t my native language, I sometimes find it hard to find the right word to use in a certain situation. During an English lesson in Australia I once told my English teacher that:
I feel lolliness.
He got confused, and asked me what I meant. I realized that I had made up a word on my own. What I meant was that I want something sweet, lollies. Lollies are the same as candy, at least in my world. And if I can feel loneliness, why not feel lolliness? My teacher laughed, and I made up another – correct sentence.
But now, when it comes to our creative writing – let´s be as un-correct as possible. Many fictive words are easy to understand in their right context, so why not make them up and use them? Let´s make up new words to use when we write. I made up lolliness, what is your new word?