Recently, I read the following application letter (on the great website, Letters of Note) written by Robert Pirosh when he applied for a job as a screenwriter with MGM Studios in 1934. He says this about writing:
"I like words. I like fat buttery words, such as ooze, turpitude, glutinous, toady. I like solemn, angular, creaky words, such as straitlaced, cantankerous, pecunious, valedictory. I like spurious, black-is-white words, such as mortician, liquidate, tonsorial, demi-monde. I like suave "V" words, such as Svengali, svelte, bravura, verve. I like crunchy, brittle, crackly words, such as splinter, grapple, jostle, crusty. I like sullen, crabbed, scowling words, such as skulk, glower, scabby, churl. I like Oh-Heavens, my-gracious, land's-sake words, such as tricksy, tucker, genteel, horrid. I like elegant, flowery words, such as estivate, peregrinate, elysium, halcyon. I like wormy, squirmy, mealy words, such as crawl, blubber, squeal, drip. I like sniggly, chuckling words, such as cowlick, gurgle, bubble and burp."
I remember how much I love language and this act of writing. Each and every day, I love it. It's beginning to matter less and less if they love it--those agents, those publishers, that public--because I love it.
(P.S. Robert Pirosh got the job with this cover letter.)
What do you love about writing? Do you have favorite words? I still love the verb grapple!