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How Fiction Authors Can Benefit From Increasing their Vocabulary

Authors usually have vocabulary that they use on a regular basis. You can learn other vocabulary so that you have many words you can choose from when writing. It is best to use verbs, nouns, modifiers and adjectives that best bring out the writing if you are a fiction writer. Good writing is not only how well you put the words together, it is also about the words themselves. When a novel you are reading is engaging, you will easily get into it. Reread the novel again after reading and enjoying it. The goal is to examine how the work was 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.

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. There are standard rules that you should stick to when writing for either the American or British readers.

It is important that fiction authors expand their vocabulary base as it is possible. Anytime when they are reading another author’s work, they can do this. Noting down any new vocabulary that you come across is very important. 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. Another thing to do is to get a notebook or any other system that you desire, and make categories that suit 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. You will be amazed about 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. Such a list will help you rephrase your words and write authentic and creative vocabulary. When making the first draft use this list.