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Writer’s Tip #46: Beware of Word Selection

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.

Today’s tip: Be careful of your word selection.

Don’t use a unique word more than once. If you use convoluted or plethora more than once–in the book–readers will notice. The first time, they’ll like it. The second time, they’ll wonder about your writing skills.

Conversely, don’t be afraid to repeat the unimportant words, like coffee, desk.

Credit: The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blog,Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-monthly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is  editor of a K-8 technology curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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10 thoughts on “Writer’s Tip #46: Beware of Word Selection

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  3. My son told me about a book he read – this was some time ago now. He had to sit by the computer and look up words all the time in order to understand the story. Why he continued reading it, I have no idea.


  4. I remember reading a short story that started really well. The first time ‘ineffectual’ appeared I thought it was clever, but when it reared it head another three times it became very annoying 😉


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