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Is sparkle correct in this context?

Is "Sparkle" used for positive thoughts or is it also possible to use it for negative thoughts? What is better alternative? (If any)

What will happen if we die? What will happen if the police catch us? What will happen if they kill us? All these thoughts were sparkling in my mind!

I also can say occur (All these thoughts were occurring in my mind!).

Which one is more correct? Do you know a better word for using in this context?


migration rejected from english.stackexchange.com Apr 16 at 17:51

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closed as off-topic by Standback Apr 16 at 17:51

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Closed as vague and unanswerable. If you intend for this to be a critique question, please see out critique guidelines. Edit this into a proper critique question and we'd consider reopening. If you want to ask about the meaning of the word "sparkle", then this shouldn't have been migrated here. Could you please clarify? – Neil Fein Feb 22 '12 at 16:34
Consider the following: What are you trying to achieve? What effect do you want the word use to have? Can you provide more context? – Neil Fein Feb 22 '12 at 17:33
Below is a link to a similar question. I don't agree that this question is vague or unanswerable. It's a simple yes or no type question with a request for other options. I don't think it is so much about a critiques as it is about proper word usage. writers.stackexchange.com/q/2280/2343 – Steven Drennon Feb 22 '12 at 20:12
@StevenDrennon: You can vote to reopen the question. – John Smithers Feb 23 '12 at 11:57
I don't understand this central line of your edit: "I want to transform the unpleasant and stressful thoughts that become in mind of the reader." You want to change the unpleasant thoughts? Into what? Or do you mean you want to portray the unpleasant thoughts? I do not understand if you are deliberately using this word in an unusual, nonintuitive way (for a dissonant effect), or if you want to use the word "simply" and with "normal connotation." – Standback Feb 24 '12 at 6:33

Just some ideas - maybe crashing through, whirling, spinning, might work? Or "all the horrible scenarios played themselves out in my head". I agree with J.R.'s post - Sparkle usually has a positive connotation and so doesn't sound right when used in the setting you described.


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