With the hammer of imagination, the fires of language skills (Sometimes I think I lack, or at least have low quality fuel) writers often come up with new words.
Sometimes they create a portmanteau of words. Motel (Motor Hotel) for example. The person that thought that up probably did not realize a whole new word that would be entered in the dictionary after that.
The accepted shortest words “I” “a” that are used as the words. “A bird” for example.
Then out of the length of accepted word list. The longest word “Antidisestablishmentarianism” is the longest non-coined word that is generally accepted.
But, we are at the forge. To coin a term for use in our novels is as important sometimes as the creation of the world itself. Tolkien was good for that, but he was a language creator and professor of language and literature. (But y’all knew that.) so maybe not a good example.
OH! There is a current creator of fantasy and loved by many. Ms. J. K. Rowling and Harry’s world. But..she is also educated in Classics… Hm..do we see a pattern here?
Still, both these well-educated people stood at the forge and with the hammer of imagination on the anvil of the soul, we create story, novel and whimsy.
So, what could be a need to create a word?
A person who infiltrates the society of Antidisestablishmentarianism, they do not really support the society, so are they a “Pseudoantidisestablismentarinism” spy? or do is there a counter-spy?
So a “Counterpseudoantidisestablishmentarinism” agent? (this was difficult to type, not counting how to read it). The point is, when you write, WHY you write, HOW you write. Nothing is out-of-bounds.
Creation of worlds, creation of words this is your canvas, you soul that lives, loves and stands in the WordSmith shop at the wordforge.
Pound out your stories, when someone reads it and says “Huh?” you can establish the meaning of it. If your person wears a bandolier (bandoller, bandoleer) look up the pictures of the ammo-belt and write it in! It is your hammer, your skills grow with each stroke of the key and research for your story–you do research, right?– each paragraph you build.
The story evolves. Perhaps you had a dream of a tsunami of walnuts in your house? When you finish the story, maybe it was a medical thriller of mass poisoning of bad food by a corrupt corporation. (Okay, been done, but I am just using it as an example) Evolution of the story, the building of the world is yours and yours alone. Many people may not understand it in the beginning.
The term Orc brings up an image. Professor Tolkien based the word on Orcus (orkus) the god retribution of broken promises and oaths. They were corrupt.
In another story I know of, an Orc was a judge and law-keeper. you have a complaint or conflict, the Orc-Judge had his or her law-book and followed the law. Rulings were binding. Wars avoided. It was a good story. But no one knew that an Orc could be a “good-guy” prior to this. Many still don’t.
So when someone looks at your work and is confused, do not be crushed, do not hit delete. Let it evolve! Explain, establish, and tell your story. JK Rowling created Avada Kedavra as a killing spell. Well..where could this have evolved from? Abracadabra? No..really. Could be? She took a known word and at the forge in her mind came up with a term I hear children at Halloween waving sticks at each other in tiny wizard duels. (I am Merlin, I catch and I eat the spells when they head my direction)
The world you build is always fun. Use the Technicolor of your mind to paint the glory of your story.
Be awesome! Be creative!
Be a writer.
~ your favorite cheerleader and future best-selling author,