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Over at Ruth Lakes’ blog Life, living, work and play, Ruth has begun a regular feature called Wednesday Word. She says:

Each Wednesday I choose a word and think about it for five minutes or so, usually when I’m having a coffee break at work. I scribble down whatever the word suggests to me and post it when I get home in the evening (well, after walking the dog and eating my evening meal).

If you would like to join in then please feel free to do so. You can post it on your own blog (would be great if you pingback to me so I can have a peak), or post in my comments if you prefer. It’s up to you.

I really enjoy reading what Ruth posts about her words, but this week I found my thoughts about this particular word quite diverse from hers (and those Colette from The Wishing Well) posted. I was puzzled by my reaction. I have a great interest in WWII, and I would have thought that’s the first place my mind would have gone. But to my surprise, it didn’t!

Ruth’s word was Emaciated:  DEFINITION = VERY THIN AND WEAK USUALLY BECAUSE OF EXTREME HUNGER OR ILLNESS, UNDERNOURISHED.  SYNONYMS = SKELETAL; GAUNT; CADAVEROUS; ATROPHIED; ATTENUATED; HAGGARD

The first thing I thought of was MY IMAGINATION! I know, weird, eh? It was the list of synonyms that grabbed my attention. I couldn’t help thinking I feel just like that when I try to come up with something creative to say or write. It’s an issue that’s bugged me for as long as I’ve been blogging. I had finished a 90,000 word manuscript just before I jumped on Word Press and setting up this blog. I’m starting to feel like I used up all my ideas in that Gothic mystery story! Perhaps I really needed a break to refill my creative well, as Julia Cameron says in The Artist’s Way.

girl 2But I think what’s really happened is my imaginative muscle has just atrophied because since I’ve been on here I haven’t been reading. I haven’t taken my own adventures in my mind, have been way too content to live vicariously through all of yours!!!

The fact that this particular revelation hit me hard when I read Ruth’s blog says to me I need to get off the computer and read the 33 books sitting on my TBR shelf in the “library!” So somehow or other my schedule needs to change to include a steady diet of written words on actual paper pages before this lady pirate captain ends up with scurvy!

Thank you for your thoughtful post Ruth (and Colette). I think they were the kick in the arse I needed to pick up a book again!!! 😀

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Picture Credit: kommpetencia.blog.hu

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