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25 Things You Should Know About Word Choice
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- belly smutholeMar 6, 2012
- Chloe CD+1I should have saved all that time I spent in creative writing class, and just read your lists. ;) (Seriously, having to unlearn the creative writing "rules" is taking more time than writing ever has.)Mar 6, 2012
- You can't always dumb down your writing, sometimes only the big words will do.Mar 6, 2012
- -- I'm not suggesting one should dumb down their writing; I'm suggesting you shouldn't "smarten" it just to feel better about yourself. What I said still applies: say the most with the fewest. If that means making use of big words because only big words say what you mean, then so be it.Mar 6, 2012
- It's all about picking the most appropriate word--the one that does the most work for you in the easiest way in that location. I get notes from readers upon occasion asking if I really use the words I put in my books in everyday speech, and, for the most part, I do. I refuse to "dumb down" but I also don't strive to "write up." If the reader has to look up one word in the whole novel, I think that's reasonable. If they have to look up or "blip over" more, I've flown too high, but I also assume my readers are about as smart as I am.... Maybe that's why I'm still in the midlist....Mar 6, 2012
- Outstanding advice. I guess the only question that remains is when do we get the full story on Old Man Dongweather? With a name like that, he's gotta be an interesting old codger.Mar 6, 2012
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