The entire purpose of this exercise is to help increase the number of words (vocabulary) that have personal meaning to a writer through conscious focus, reflection, and time to get to know and care about words.
Exercise: Listening to words rather than contentFor this exercise, I will text to voice a science news article found on my Google Science News page. "William Shatner Takes Playful Jab At 'Star Wars' Over 'Starfleet' Symbol Found On Mars". As the voice reads the article, I will jot down if any words stand out to me in the article.
playful, jab, dunes, surface, rivalry, captured, chevron, symbol, shade, war, meanwhile, processes, natural, lava, dune casts, life
Next, for this list I will pick out three of them to define and add a thesaurus entry to, commenting on the entries after each pool of information is presented. The commentary helps to personalize these words for me, the writer.
3 Focus wordssymbol, captured, life
Definitions from Webster 1913
Allen's Synonyms & Antonyms 1921
symbol, n. representation, sign, significative (rare), emblem, figure, type, token, shadow (fig.), ensign (learned), presentation (rare), sacrament (rare); spec, palm, pictograph, totem, badge, character, letter, exponent, word, image, picture.
Antonyms: see freeing.
2. Referring to those who are alive on earth: world.