There is more to creative writing than just making up stories and characters that often seem very real. In some ways making up stuff is one of the perks of being a writer. A writer can live in imaginary worlds and can even make up words such as scrutchel (a word I just made up which should mean: using a word that doesn’t exist as a crutch for not wanting to actually find one that means what you want to say).
Writer’s have been creating words for thousands of years. Dr. Seuss made up hundreds of words himself (zummers, spazzim, thnadners, sneedle, yuzz, thneeds, and sneetches to list just a few).
However, many words created recently by writers have become so common in our daily usage that we might be surprised to discover where they came from.
A list of words created by writers that I found in The Guardian had a couple surprises for me. For instance, I always thought Banana Republic was just the name of a store, taken from the slang description of any unstable dictatorship, usually in South or Central America. Not so. The word was created by the writer, O. Henry in 1904.
Check out the other nine words in this list some of them might surprise you. The top 10 words invented by writers.
Anyway, next time you write something, even if it’s just a note or memo to your boss, look for an opportunity to make up a word. You might be surprised how much fun it is.