Every great writer has mastered the art of rhythm and flow in creating every sentence of their novel by using the right words.
- Listen to the language of the general public wherever you go and learn those words to add realism to your novel’s dialogue. Save them to use over and over.
- .Eliminate all fancy complicated words, and use simple words, such as. Acquire—use “ Get:” Initiate— use “begin”, Relinquish— use “let go, or give up”
- Use a Thesaurus (one of my favorite tools). Also, use a dictionary to be certain the word you chose means what you think it should.
- We know we should stay away from adverbs such as using rapidly instead of “fast”; plays beautifully instead of “well done”; or words ending in “ LY”… so try to replace them with another word. Try action verbs when possible.
- SHOW…DON’T TELL, an important tip to use the five senses to get your point across.
You can find more on this subject, using the Dictionary; Grammarly; Thesaurus, Google, and the Web. However, this should give you a good place to begin.
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REMEMBER: A few simple tips can make all the difference in your reader’s understanding of the mood and meaning you are conveying.
Have a great day, Paula