The Toolbox

9 May

An author-friend of mine loaned me a copy of Stephen King’s book, On Writing.    For those of you who are beginning this writing journey, I’d highly recommend it.

In the interest of returning the book in a somewhat timely manner (which I may have surpassed months ago), I’ve been reading faithfully the past few nights.  Right now I’m on the section aptly named, “Toolbox.”  These chapters cover the different tools writers employ when creating their stories.  Last night’s focus was Vocabulary.

According to Stephen King, who has had some minor success as an author ;), when you’re writing, you need to use the vocabulary that you are the most familiar with.  There’s a reason some words come to mind right away—mostly because they tend to convey exactly what you mean to say

If you’re constantly rushing to break out the Thesaurus, it is possible for the intended meaning to get lost in flowery words that are only a shadow of the original definitions.  Don’t waste your time filling paragraphs with overly complicated sentences that will make the prose harder to process. Remember: you’re writing to convey the minute details of a story to the reader, not prove how extensive your aided-vocabulary can be.

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2 Responses to “The Toolbox”

  1. Jennifer Lowery May 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Love that book! It’s on my keeper shelf! Thanks for sharing!

    • movingforeword May 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      My friend probably wouldn’t take kindly to me stealing his copy so this is on my “to purchase” list 😉

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