Thursday, June 18, 2009

Choosing the right word

As writers, we work with words the way a sculptor uses chisels, files, and hammers.

The words we choose and the way we arrange them determines our success, so choosing the exact word needed to convey an idea, emotion, characterization, or setting is crucial.

As Mark Twain said, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

All words carry connotations, both personally to the reader and also culturally to the society. Authors need to be conscious of the connotations of the language they select. Keep reading...

2 comments:

smithsk said...

It's been said - words mean things. I've been checking out dictionary.com and using its tools in my quest. Still have far to go. Enjoy your articles on the examiner. They are a great resource. Susan

lynnrush said...

Nicely put.

And WOW on that picture of the lightning. **smile**

Have a great weekend!