Because Deadlines and Challenges are Good Things


I've decided to embark upon a personal blogging challenge for the rest of the year: A Word for Wednesday. I wanted to start today (I even found a word I'd never heard of) but "A Word for Thursday" doesn't sound nearly as good. And it would just be wrong to start a Wednesday series on a Thursday. Anyway...

Every week on Wednesday I will post about a particular word. Each word will (a) start with the letter of the month and (b) be somewhat if not entirely obscure. There are so many great words out there that we are either completely ignorant of or simply choose not to use in normal conversation. So, this is my effort to discover new words - because words are a writer's primary instrument and, well, the more instruments you access to the more beautiful and effective you can make your work.

That will be the easy part. The challenge is this: in addition to writing about the definition/history/interesting-things-regarding the word, create a storyline involving the word. It can be anywhere from a single sentence to a paragraph in length.

If I am successful in this endeavor then, by the end of the year, I should know 37 stupendous new words and have at least a kernel of 37 new stories.

I like the sound of that :)


  1. Joe FarageApril 07, 2011

    Awesome idea Caitlin, I'm looking forward to learning some new words :)

  2. Thanks :) It should at least be interesting.

  3. What a brilliant idea. Can't wait until Wednesday :)

  4. Me either, I'm really excited about this :)

  5. This is a great idea and definitely a way to enhance one's vocabulary.

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