As artists, we often find encouragement within ourselves and each other to never stop being creative. I find inspiration from all different types of sources and love coming up with new ideas, yet I’ve never thought creating new words was an option.
I recently watched a TED Talk by Lexicographer, Erin McKean who encourages creatives to literally make up words that don’t exist. English words that aren’t actually english. Until now I never agreed with the idea of making up words just because you can, because IT’S NOT ENGLISH!
“All words are made up…” – Drax: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol II.
I also recently watched the movie Arrival. What do Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy and the film Arrival have in common? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not the aliens. It’s the language.
I think the quote from Drax, and the film Arrival are equally profound. English, like every language, is just sounds and movements made up by people wanting to communicate with each other.
Something I learned from Arrival was once you begin to understand a new language you begin to think differently. Dream differently. So when you’re having a creative block, why not create new words? What about even creating a new language?
No matter your age or how experienced you are as a writer, you can inspire a creative spark if you just start making up random words that make no sense, even if it feels silly.