6 Lessons Learned: Resources


Importance of Increasing the Vocabulary For a Fiction Author

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. What makes up good writing is how well you put the words together and how the words themselves are. It is easy to get into a novel that is engaging when you read it. Reread the novel again after reading and enjoying it. Examining how the work is written is the goal. Put your focus on the creative aspect of the writing, this entails how the plot and characters were developed as well as the technical aspects such as 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. For instance, among is an American word and amongst is a British word. 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. 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 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. 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. You will be able to rephrase your words and write authentic and creative vocabulary when using the lists you kept. Use this list when making your draft.