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Written on September 1, 2017   By   in Arts & Entertainment

Why a Fiction Author Should Increase their Vocabulary

Authors usually have vocabulary that they use on a regular basis. 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. How well you put together the words and the words themselves make up for good writing. When you are reading a novel that is engaging, it is easy to get into it. Reread the novel again after reading and enjoying it. Examining how the work is written is the goal. 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.

It could be their punctuation, spelling and the difference in the words that are being used. While Americans use among, the British use the word amongst. It is important that you stick to the standard rules when writing for American readers or for British readers.

Fiction authors can and should expand the base of the vocabulary that they use. This can be done anytime when they are reading another author’s work. Noting down any new vocabulary that you come across is very important. Most authors do not do this even though it is general knowledge. 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. Anytime people are talking or when there is a dialogue on the TV or when you are reading, you should concentrate and listen keenly. You should take note of the 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. Keeping a list of the words or phrases that your characters might occasionally use is important. When describing the action of the eye, use a phrase like ‘her eyes surveyed the room.

You will be able to describe vividly what is going on internally and externally regarding your characters if you take notes of such words and phrases. When you make use of the lists that you kept, you will be able to write authentic and creative vocabulary. When making the first draft use this list.

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