Thursday, July 6, 2017

Cooking up a recipe for success

My thesaurus is akin to the array of spices in my cabinet, the gravy on my mashed potatoes, or the drizzle of raspberry vinegarette on my lettuce.

 When I have the meat of an essay, a hearty pile of information for an article, or a chunk of an idea, I like to enhance the flavor with improved word choices. My creative juices flow when I scan the pages of my well-worn manual. Like a chef searching through a treasured cook book for the perfect recipe, I feel a sense of satisfaction when I get the seasoning just right. I am proud to present the garnished product for consumption.

Although a thesaurus is a serious writer's tool, I sometimes use mine playfully to inspire my poetry. I fan through the book sort of like a child's cartoon flip book, front to back and then in reverse. I like the feel of words breezing by. I stop randomly ten times and peruse the copious salad of synonyms seasoned with sharp, spicy, pungent adjectives, vigorous verbs, and knock your socks off nouns. I select an interesting word from each page, toss them together, layer the stanzas, and dish up a poesy, a sonnet, or a rhyme.

My thesaurus has proven to be  a recipe for success.  Sometimes I am surprised at what I cook up. Do you use a thesaurus? Give this technique a try.



10 comments:

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I was all set to read a recipe!! I do have one and I do love words.

Susan said...

A most delicious post. Kind of like a sweet dessert that satisfies. Yummy enough to go for seconds (reading it again, that is. hee hee) Susan

Sioux Roslawski said...

Linda--Why did your post make me hungry?

Val said...

I don't have a thesaurus, but I have an appetite for words, and I fear that I over-season.

Trisha Faye said...

"...copious salad of synonyms seasoned with sharp, spicy, pungent adjectives, vigorous verbs, and knock your socks off nouns." Perfection!
I loved your post!

K9friend said...

I can't function without my thesaurus, although playing with it didn't before occur to me. :-)

My current paperback Roget's thesaurus (the online ones aren't nearly as comprehensive), is falling to pieces. Time to order a new one, I guess.

Pat
www.patwahler.com

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Great metaphor! My thesaurus and I have had a long and satisfying love affair. :)

Sandi said...

Now that's an idea...

:-)

Janet, said...

That's sounds interesting. I use rhymezone a lot. It not only shows rhymes, but synonyms, antonyms,definitions, related words, etc. Thanks for the recipe for success. It sure has worked for you.

Connie said...

I do use a thesaurus at times to spark creativity. It is a fun tool to use.