How Fiction Authors Can Benefit From Increasing their Vocabulary
There is a vocabulary that fiction authors use regularly. There are other vocabulary one can learn so that you always have words that you can choose from when writing. When you are a fiction writer it is best if you use verbs, nouns, modifiers and adjectives that best bring out the writing. What makes up good writing is how well you put the words together and how the words themselves are. When a novel you are reading is engaging, you will easily get into it. Reread the novel again after reading and enjoying it. The point of this is to analyse how the work has been written. The aspect of writing is where you should focus on, they include how the plot and characters were developed and the technical aspects like grammar. Be mindful of the fact that American and British authors write differently.
The difference in use of some words, punctuation and spelling are the places these authors differ. For instance, among is an American word and amongst is a British word. It is important that you stick to the standard rules when writing for American readers or for British readers.
It is important that fiction authors expand their vocabulary base as it is possible. Doing this is possible when they are reading another author’s work. It is advisable that you note down any new vocabulary that you come across. Despite it being general knowledge, most authors do not do this. It is a logical thing to do but is only one of the many strategies of how you can build your vocabulary. Another thing to do is to get a notebook or any other system that you desire, and make categories that suit your needs. Be keen when listening to people talk, or when reading and even conversations on the TV. Be mindful of verbs, nouns, modifiers and adjectives or any compound nouns being used. Chances are you will be surprised of the words you already use, the ones you didn’t know about and those you never thought of using. The words or phrases that your characters might occasionally use should be kept. When describing the action of the eye, use a phrase like ‘her eyes surveyed the room.
Taking note of such words and phrases gives you the ability to be creative in the description of what is going on internally and externally regarding your characters. Such a list will help you rephrase your words and write authentic and creative vocabulary. When making the first draft use this list.