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Sep 19

Finding Parallels Between Guide and Life

Why a Fiction Author Should Increase their Vocabulary

On a regular basis, fiction authors use certain vocabularies when writing. For you to have a big number of words to choose from when writing, you need to learn other vocabularies. It is best to use verbs, nouns, modifiers and adjectives that best bring out the writing if you are a fiction writer. What makes up good writing is how well you put the words together and how the words themselves are. When you are reading a novel that is engaging, it is easy to get into it. The novel should be reread after you enjoyed reading it the first time. The point of this is to analyse how the work has been written. How the plot and characters were developed as well as the technical aspects such as grammar are some of the things you should be mindful of. You should know that American and British authors write differently.

The authors differ in the use of words, spelling and punctuation. 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. Anytime when they are reading another author’s work, they can do this. A new vocabulary that you come across should be noted. Most authors do not do this even though it is general knowledge. Besides it being a logical thing to do, it is one way of building your vocabulary. Consider getting a notebook or use any other means you desire to make categories that suits 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. It is also great to keep a list of words or phrases that your characters might occasionally use. For example for the eyes, 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. When you make use of the lists that you kept, you will be able to write authentic and creative vocabulary. Use this list when making your draft.