this has really helped me a lot. I looked at my own work and found the word "beautiful" about 970 times. Reading this piece has given me new ideas for improving my work. Thanks a lot.
Thank you for your advice. Though some experienced writers I've spoken with , scoffed at my double checking your advice as elementary; I sincerely appreciate your patience and support.
I hope my maiden post on Literotica is well recieved.
Thanks! I've been finding myself repeating several words in conversations and started searching through the thesaurus (of course) but I had totally neglected the synonym/antonym idea! Thanks to you and google I just added a syn/ant site to correlate with the dictionary and thesaurus sites! THANKS AGAIN!!
It's really hard to remember these sorts of things when you're focusing on just getting a story out. I remember hearing stories about the French novelist, Gustave Flaubert, and about how he took over ten years to write Madame Bovary, which is not a terriffically long novel, because he believed that there was a precise word that needed to be in each place in a sentence. He would labor for weeks over a page.
I don't think that everybody needs to be as fastidious as Flaubert- but your article is an excellent reminder that you can't just slop anything onto a page and call it a good story. So much of a good Literotica story is all about the ability to put the reader in the situation, and you can't do that with bland or uninteresting words.
Author forgot a literature review here. Pick up Fanny Hill, any Henry Miller, or your favorite "fuck" books, discover what turns you on and stay with that vocabulary.
Find the words for characters, by listening to others
... very useful! Thank you for the tips!
Hi! I'm working on my first serious revision of Falling For The Family (a novella at 43,000+ words. You article has helped quite a bit!)
Thanks very much Whispersecret,
To be a good writer for Lit. is really no different from having the right tools for the job. I don't mind that I have to relearn grammar and that
there are like a dozen other things I need to learn as well. Between understanding grammar, punctuation,the right words, spelling etc. in the
fullness of time I shall be able to write a good story and have it published.
Thanks so much for your articles.
Thank you, loved the joke at the start.
I needed this!
Shouldn't you ideally know and perhaps have actually used the words in real life if you're using it in a story? Don't you run the risk of either making the reader feel small, from reading over elaborate words hardly heard in a sentence or used by themselves. Won't you then come across as trying too hard, or inadvertently saying you're better than the reader, potentially putting them off from reading further? (As a worst case scenario.)
When I'm reading a story if there's more than one or two words that I've not really used in a sentence or I'm unsure of its meaning, I get annoyed as I then have to look it up to find out what is meant, to know how the sentence is being implied. If I don't know what's really meant it can change everything, I could guess but that I'd rather know, which surely any writer wants the story read not interupted by looking up words they've overused as a result?
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