Mabel’s supposed to come up with 100 adjectives to describe herself that she must then incorporate into a story for school. (Yes, she and I agree that excessive adjectives can get in the way of a “show-don’t-tell” writing aesthetic–but that’s the assignment.) She had sixty already, and I told her I’d try to come up with some more, without consulting her list first, so as not to influence me. (I was influenced, however, by her telling me she wants her story to be about starting at a new school last year and making new friends. I also had a little help from a thesaurus.)
Here was my list:
playful, inquisitive, persistent, untidy, energetic, enthusiastic, exuberant, thoughtful, adventurous, ambitious, creative, absurd, silly, fearless, intense, emotional, extreme, variable, delightful, fun-loving, talkative, loquacious, verbose, analytical, challenging, investigative, questioning, enterprising, audacious, comedic, humorous, headstrong, mischievous, teasing, impish, thrifty, prolific, excessive, diverse, multi-talented
Then I looked to see how what I had compared with what she already had:
social, quirky, awkward, impulsive, short, meticulous, gloomy, organized, angry, sloppy, absurd, repetitive, amusing, talkative, playful, shrewd, gallant, uncertain, complex, lovable, excessive, eloquent, giggly, pinchy, Pythagorean, sappy, stiff, inquisitive, mathematical, obsessed, loose, vexatious, wandering, connected, imaginative, original, inspirational, immature, pessimistic, nosy, smiley, single, dreamy, irritating, enduring, religious, faithful, attentive, capable, inane, accurate, wheezy, comedic, steadfast, dependable, perceptive, modest, extreme, radical, rash, comprehending, unrestrained, significant, influential, persuasive, corrective, enchanting, haphazard, juvenile, aware, sympathetic, economical
Update: Here’s her completed list.