Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Vary Your Vocabulary

A novel is usually at least more than 40,000 words. The average vocabulary of a person consists of around 4,000 words. Now the thing is, if you go around using the same words over and over in your book, well, it looks amateurish.

Of course, many words like said, his, her, is, etc. are always repeated, but the thing is that you have to make sure that the paragraphs that you're writing don't include the same words over and over. No, don't open up a thesaurus and start using hard words on purpose. The key is not to use hard words, but to use different words. You need to make sure that you aren't wording certain scenarios the same again and again.

Also, avoid using the same expression or description over and over unless of course you're going to try and repeat it on purpose for effect. It's amazing what you can think of when you really try. As a matter of fact, try going through a book you love and see how some of the scenes are described. It might amaze you.

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