Adjectives are the painting words in our language. You could say, The lion., and that would technically be a complete sentence, but why not say what the lion is doing?—The lion roared. Next, imagine what the lion looks like: The golden lion roared. Or, The wild-eyed, golden-maned lion roared. The sentences with the adjectives are more interesting. They give you a better picture. You could say, The flower grows. Or, The beautiful red rose grows. See what I mean?
Our handy online etymology dictionary says that the origins for the word adjective mean to add to or throw near. What words do you add to the names of things? Do you throw in swear words? Do you add pet-phrases that somehow describe what you are saying? Are the describing words you use mostly of a visual nature? Do you speak in generalities or can you be specific?
Reflect on the nature of adjectives. Really play with them, for adjectives make the creation alive and interesting—they are the painters and poets of our language. They are creators and catalysts. Imagine, for example, what color God is. What color is His/Her hair? Reflect on the colors of emotions. What color is pain? Reflect on the sounds you listen to. Which sounds do you love? Which sounds are grating? Reflect on the textures of things. Do you prefer soft clothes or rough? Hold someone’s hand today, a friend, spouse, or a child, and describe what that is like—both the feel of their hand and the feeling that act brings to your heart. Reflect on the colors you see in a given day—or do you see them? Is your life grey and covered in dust? If so, do a cleaning and get out the paint brushes of adjectives and color your world with beautiful descriptions. Reflect on the qualities that describe the Divine. And let’s not forget about the sense of smell. Reflect on the kinds of smells you love. Describe them. What does heaven smell like? Try to use adjectives in every sentence you say today—try and use all the senses too. Even if it sounds outrageous and silly—have fun and play with adjectives.
Copyright Joseph Anthony of the Wonder Child Blog