Kill your Thesaurus

Kill your Thesaurus

You’ve done it before. I’ve done it before. You are editing and you hit the fifteenth time you’ve described the forest as dark. So you pull out the thesaurus and go with “gloomy,” or “shadowed.” Then move on. Really? Is that the best you’ve got? Writers get into word...
How character POV affects word choice

How character POV affects word choice

I’m persnickety about creating character ‘voice.’ Though I write in third person limited, I endeavor to keep the ‘narrator’ of each chapter fixed in the knowledge and experience of the character whose POV the chapter is written from. If they can’t see, feel, hear,...