So many of the things I love start with the letter C: cookies, coffee, Clive Owen, colons (the punctuation mark, not the intestine), cheese, cash, and charisma. However, I’d have to say that creativity is probably my favorite.
One of my favorite incarnations of creativity is when people use items in a novel way. For example, one of my friends turned an old crib into an outdoor bench. On Pinterest, I saw that someone used a birdcage as a desk organizer. And I often use my bedroom floor as a clothes hamper.
I also love when people use language in novel ways, and that’s why I am such a fan of metaphors and similes. Effectively using metaphors and similes can also make our writing one of my other favorite C words: concise. For example, Steinbeck described a character as having “skin like clean and polished bone.” By comparing her skin to polished bone, we get such a vivid image of the color and texture of her skin--in just two words!
Similarly, in an essay, one of my students referred to her boyfriend as her “currant boyfriend.”
In just one little word, she conveyed that her boyfriend is small, dry, wrinkled—but sweet.