Thursday, May 10, 2012

Finding the perfect word

I know I’m a word nerd, but I get super excited when I find the perfect word or phrase when writing. It's like finding a sweet something hidden in an already delicious bowl of ice cream. 

What about you? Do you find joy in something so simple? 

One thing I encourage my writers to do is to look for precision in their writing. For example, I suggest printing out the story and circling all of the verbs. Are the verbs strong? Or, are you relying on adverbs? If so, find a stronger verb and eliminate the adverb. 

Do you mean run or sprint?

 Piece or chunk?

 Looked or glared? 

You get the idea, always look for precision in language to convey what exactly you're trying to convey. 

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