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How Fiction Authors Can Benefit From Increasing their Vocabulary

There is a vocabulary that fiction authors use regularly. 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. How well you put together the words and the words themselves make up for good writing. When a novel you are reading is engaging, you will easily get into it. The novel should be reread after you enjoyed reading it the first time. 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. While Americans use among, the British use the word amongst. Writing for either the American readers or British readers each have their standard of rules that you should stick to.

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. It is one of the many ways of building your vocabulary even though it is a logical thing to do. 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. Be mindful of verbs, nouns, modifiers and adjectives or any compound nouns 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’.

When you take note of such words or phrases, you are able to be creative enough to vividly describe what is going on internally and externally concerning 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.