Vocabulary is very important in writing.  As writers we have to make people see through our words.  Descriptive words are important, but using an enriched vocabulary sets your manuscript apart from others and makes for good reading.   You must remember who your target audience is as well, and match the vocabulary level.  I have included a few words below that would be very easy to substitute into a sentence.  This is just a start and I would like to add to the list periodically.  It’s a new feature I’m starting here called:  A Word a Day, Keeps the Editor at Bay.  It will just be one word a day, what it means and how to use it.

  diligence - steadiness of effort; persistent hard work
  exclaim - cry out suddenly; N. exclamation; ADJ. exclamatory
  novelty - something new; newness; ADJ. novel: new; original
  breed - produce young; rear; bring up; produce (an undesirable condition); N: kind or sort of animal or plant
  putrid - decayed and foul-smelling; foul; rotten; decayed; N. putridity
  spendthrift - someone who wastes money; CF. thrift: accumulated wealth
  intrude - put or force in without being asked; trespass; enter as an uninvited person; Ex. intrude one's own opinion into the report; CF. thrust in
  furrow - long shallow trench made by a plow; deep wrinkle in the skin; V.
  antediluvian - antiquated; extremely ancient
  flippant - lacking proper seriousness; Ex. flippant remarks about death; N. flippancy

7/9/2013 11:03:56

Love it! You should post furlough versus furrow. I actually ran across this and notified the author who insisted it was the same word! LOL Good job Yez.


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