July is upon us already. I can’t believe how quickly the time is flashing by, but with six months of the year now behind us, there’s no excuse for me to drift off track of my writing goals for 2018. It’s so easy to become distracted by other things as a writer, so now that July has hit, I’m getting back into the swing of things.
One of the simplest ways I like to try and boost my writing flow when I’m going through a creative rut is with a vocabulary challenge. I absolutely love words, always have, but in recent years I’ve found that the standard of my vocabulary has definitely slipped. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t been writing as frequently as I used to, or because having a child has warped my brainpower somewhat, who knows?
Either way, I hate the feeling of having to search for a word that would once roll off the end of my tongue without a second’s thought. Do you ever catch yourself struggling for the right word too?
Anyway, to combat this, I’m starting a July Vocabulary Challenge right here! It’s fairly straightforward really, but for this you’re going to need to grab your bullet journal or notebook, or just something that you can regularly add to. I’d suggest a diary or little notebook of some kind that you can keep in your bag, because the last thing you want to happen is that you start off doing this full pelt and then put your book down somewhere and forget all about it.
Yep, I’m a sucker for that too.
How does it work?
The challenge itself is really simple, to be honest. In the back page of your notebook, you need to write down any five (or more) words that excite you, every single day. Like, every day. You really do need to be consistent with it or you won’t see the full benefit. These words don’t have to be hugely adventurous at first, but it helps if you try to extend the challenge a little bit each day if you can. Additionally, you can write more than five words at a time if you feel like it – and you don’t have to be reaching for a thesaurus either; just write whatever words come to mind first.
This might seem like a simple challenge, but believe me it gets harder (in a good way) as the days go by!
By the end of July, you should have a personalised vocabulary journal packed full of fascinating, compelling and downright exciting words that your brain has created for you each day. This will help you to become a better writer too, as undoubtedly you’ll be able to refer back to your new and shiny lexicon of vocabulary when writing your next page, chapter or blog post.
Yes I did just use the word lexicon and you can bet your sweet backside that’s going in my journal later.
So, fellow writers, what do you think? Are you up to the challenge? Let me know your thoughts in the box below and if you know anyone who would find taking part in the vocabulary challenge useful then please share this post with them and lets see how far we can expand our linguistic skills throughout the month of July.
If you’re looking for some further inspiration about vocabulary building or other lexical tips, why not check out my Pinterest board dedicated to all things writing!
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