Tuesday, April 13, 2010
New Monthly Feature – Word Play by Morgan Mandel
How to Play
Today, and every second Tuesday of the month, we’ll play with a chosen word or string of words. I’ll make a choice, offer some uses, then invite you to comment below with a sentence using the word(s) we’re playing with. If you wish, you can use one of the phrases in my illustrations and expand on it, or you can make up an entire sentence from scratch, as long as you use the monthly word(s). Hopefully, this exercise will inspire us to take a new look at words and use them in fresh and exciting ways. To start with, I've chosen an easy word, but you never know what I might pick next.
Be sure to add your name and website or blogspot with your comment, in case someone really likes what you've written and wants to visit you.
Also, if you happen to know of an instance in your own novel or someone else’s that illustrates the meaning of the monthly word(s), be sure to mention that as well.
April's Word - Overpowering
Caution: When you use an adjective, do so sparingly for emphasis.
Here are some overpowering examples I've thought up. Note that in many of these instances overwhelming might also be substituted, but don't do so if you offer an example here.
Overpowering cologne/perfume – An overpowering scent hit me in the nose last Friday morning at the train station. I had to hold my breath to get away from it.
Overpowering urge/compulsion - I have an overpowering urge to check Facebook again.
Overpowering weakness – I possess an overpowering weakness for chocolate.
Overpowering emotion – My main character, Julie, in Killer Career, has an overpowering fear of elevators.
Overpowering presence – Also, in Killer Career, Tyler’s overpowering presence hid his character flaws.
You could also use overpowering as a verb, although ing verbs are not as strong. Still, for variety, you may wish to sprinkle in one or two. Here are some verb examples:
Overpowering the urge to drink takes much willpower.
Overpowering the hands of time is impossible.
Overpowering her opponent proved easier than she thought.
Now it’s your turn at Word Play.
Play in the comment section below.