Building Your Vocabulary

Building your vocabulary -Your dictionary is your friend visit it frequently learning new words every day!

Words are what give structure to our writing!

Having the words. For without words there is no story, without words there is no writing!

Here are some words for describing your pain given to us from the good people over at the Edmonton Nerve Pain Association

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Photo source credit: Edmonton Nerve Pain Association

For words to describe sound we have a great list from Word Object

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Photo Source: Word Object

INSTEAD OF WHISPER CONSIDER

Compliments of WriteWorld.org.

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Source: WriteWorld.org

A great resource for building your vocabular is Writer World’s word list page at: http://writeworld.org/tagged/word%20list

DESCRIBING EMOTIONS THROUGH ACTIONS

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See part two at the source of this posting Writing Advice

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Substitute Ways of Saying Things

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See more at Life H4cks

Animal Collective Nouns

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See more at the All Mighty Guru

or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_terms_of_venery,_by_animal

ways_to_say_seems_like20 WAYS TO SAY LOOKS/SEEMS LIKE

 

 

 

 

 

 

See 30 more ways to say looks/seems like at the Source of this list: Linestorm Writing

45 WAYS TO DESCRIBE LIGHT

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See 150 more ways to describe light at the Source of this list: Linestorm Writing

 

Going from Telling to Showing –

Expanded version is at the source of this tip. Mrs. Swanda’s Writing Resources

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                    Commonly Over Used Words

1. Very / Really

Mark Twain said it best: “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

The words “very” or “really” (or any intensifier) are just other ways of increasing the value of a word without adding anything descriptive. You’re also using two words when one would suffice which, unless you’re getting paid by the word, is best to avoid. Instead of saying “very loud” like in our example sentence, try “deafening,” “thunderous,” or “piercing.” Not only do they roughly mean the same as “very loud” but they are much more descriptive. Here’s a great, if brief, list of words you can use in replace of “very”.

source of Chart below: Writers Write

 


2. Suddenly

“Sudden” or “Suddenly” is another practically useless word. Anton Chekhov once said “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Let the sentence or the action itself jar the reader into feeling the suddenness of the action. “Suddenly” ironically slows down the action and delays the actual suddenness of the sentence. Let the silence speak for itself to convey your message.


3. Amazing / Awesome

Totally over used.

 

See more at the Source : Writers Circle

For descriptive writing use these words from Do you like English

Words to use instead of very:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks to Write At Home we have numerous ways to increase our vocabulary with their charts of ways to say “Great”, “Said” “Bad”, “Went” and “Good – see more at the Source Write At Home

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When building your characters check out this list traits with definitions. Thanks to Character First

Character_wordsFEELING WORDS courtesy of School Transformation

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Some Touchy Feely words courtesy of Author Zoo

touchy_feely_words_smallThe EzineArticles Editors have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every Expert Author should know to be more concise, descriptive, and engaging.

100_words_every_author_should_knowSource of this list – Ezine Articles

Writers Write shared how strong verbs improve your writing in three ways. and this list of Strong Verbs – Source Writers Write

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