Word Choices

In writing, the words you choose are everything. Is it red, or scarlet, or mulberry? Some of them aren’t as easy to choose between.

There are other choices. Deliberate mispellings, created words, and double entendres of all kinds are completely up to the author. Well, eventually editors will have a say in traditional publishing – but that isn’t the only way to go.

Do you choose adverbs instead of adjectives? Do you choose to get rid of both? Do you use them as seasonings or as the main course?

An example:

They sat on the window seat with the cooler.
They sat on the padded window seat with the cooler.
Exhausted, they lounged on the window seat with the malfunctioning cooler.
Languidly, they relaxed on the colorful window seat with the yellow cooler.

I could go on like this all day. What do you say? What do you mean? What does the reader pull from it? This all from words I can pull from the dictionary! I’m not a fan of adverbs for the most part. I usually think I can find a stronger verb to make the sentence better. (Aside from my blog posts, that is.)

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1 Comment

  1. Jamie said,

    8 July 2009 at 10:33

    I think playing with language is one of the joys of writing.


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