What My Dictionary Taught Me

This article appeared in Publishers Weekly magazine. There was a time when I couldn’t work/write without my physical, hardcover dictionary at my side. It’s not that I can’t spell, or that my vocabulary is scant. My dictionary has always been a springboard for inspiration, especially when I’m in the early, just-thinking stages of a project. I play a kind of word association game with myself and it helps to fuel my creativity. For example, if I’m working on a project about shampoo, and I need to dig deeply into my conceptual side, I look up a plethora of words that relate to it to fuel my creative ideas. Hair, roots, brush, comb. Split ends, conditioner, soap, bubbles. Mane, locks, tresses, ri