Words hold much power, and when a writer writes, they often agonize about making the right word choice. A very sad girl doesn’t hit the stomach like a devastated girl would. Her green bedroom doesn’t evoke a picture in your mind like her sea foam, window-lined oasis does.
Word choice is much more than just choosing which word fits best in context. Word choice encompasses style, flow, and of course, creating the scene. Word choice can either contribute to passive voice, or make the writing explode with movement and color.
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Recently, a family member sent me a text that stated she had come across a book I was published in back in 2002. I haven’t seen or thought about that book in quite some time, but her text prompted me to go dig it out. I found my publication and reread it for the first time in at least 10 years. At the time of publication, I was just 16 years old. I had written this insightful poem threaded with fancy words and laced with extended metaphor. I found myself in a slight state of shock. How did I come up with this? How in the world did I have so much insight about this subject at 16 years old?
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Writing–like riding a bike or drawing– requires constant practice. The only way a writer gets better at his or her craft is through dedication. Here are 5 tips to help you hone your craft:
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