How Fiction Authors Can Benefit From Increasing their Vocabulary
Authors usually have vocabulary that they use on a regular basis. For you to have a big number of words to choose from when writing, you need to learn other vocabularies. When you are a fiction writer it is best if you use verbs, nouns, modifiers and adjectives that best bring out the writing. Good writing is not only how well you put the words together, it is also about the words themselves. 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. 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. American and British authors write differently, this you should know.
It could be their punctuation, spelling and the difference in the words that are being used. 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. This can be done anytime when they are reading another author’s work. A new vocabulary that you come across should be noted. This seems to be general knowledge, but most authors do not usually do this. It is one of the many ways of building your vocabulary even though it is a logical thing to do. Consider getting a notebook or use any other means you desire to make categories that suits your needs. When people are talking or when there is a dialogue on the TV and when you are reading you should be keen to listen. Take note of the verbs, nouns, modifiers and adjectives or any compound nouns that are 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’.
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. The first draft you make should use this list.