I agree with much of what the blogger says here except…
I think sometimes you have to use words or slang words that help to define the character and the setting in which you’re writing.
I live in East Tennessee, and if I’m writing a character who lives in my area, or in a fictional area that represents my area then I’m very likely to write like I talk.
Honestly I don’t think there’s a wrong or right way other than when absolutely correct spelling and grammar are warranted.
I found this post very interesting as I too love neat words.
Or as we say it here in the mountains…
“I found this post plum interesting and I love them big words.”
Or as my dad would say it…
“That beats all I ever seen.”
Words are awesome. I love obscure, weird words. J.K. Rowling used the word ‘snogging’ in her Harry Potter series, to describe couples who were engaged in prolonged kissing, or as we sometimes say where I come from, ‘canoodling.’
Another good word is ‘kerfuffle,’ a Briticism for a noisy disturbance or commotion. That word has become more common in American conversation over the last few years.
Words are how authors convey the imaginary world to the reader. Artistry comes into play in the way the author assembles their chosen words into sentences and paragraphs. In reading those words, the reader finds themselves in a new reality, a mental picture painted by the author.
Thanks to the human drive to…
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