Do Words Fascinate You?

@gtargirl (5385)
United States
September 26, 2008 6:49pm CST
Well, I've finished my first novel. It's about 80,0000 words. One of the things I learned while writing this was that you have to know a gazillion words for the same word. I mean you can't write "contest" (for example )a million times throughout your manuscript. How 'bout using "competition," or "challenge," etc. It was a fun lesson to learn. Can you say thesaurus? Do you use one?
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@pastorkayte (2255)
• United States
28 Sep 08
Now on my second book I discovered that I agree with you, every word that I used had its own special meaning throughout but would have sounded wierd if I said them over and over again. So I agree with you the use of a thesaurus is an invaluable tool for writers.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
3 Oct 08
Congratulations on finishing your novel. What is the title or would you prefer not to post it in a discussion? How exciting. On occasion I have consulted with a thesaurus but most often when in college and I needed to know several definitions for the same word. I do have one on my computer as well but haven't used it. I want to write a book or something in book form about my personal life. Growing up in the midwest, etc. Alot to add to this story but can mention adoption is a part of it. I did speak with an author and was hoping she would ghost write for me but she wasn't qualified. I will wait when the time is right, if it ever happens. Someone suggested that I do an outline and make notes. This would trip the ole memory process to retrieve some events from my earlier years. This is where I would start.
• Canada
1 Oct 08
Mt huavNS ns I are both published authors. He loves to play around with the language. An old story goes that in grade school when his teacher gave him a list of 2,500 new words to learn and put into a sentence, he made a pun out of each and every one of them.
@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
28 Sep 08
I got that Wordweb, the free one. I really should get the paid one, but cannot afford it right now. I also have Dictionary. com and Vocab vitamins. I do use a thesaurus but I have to go online because I find it easier on my eyes. I find words fascinating especially since I am writing a Christian fantasy novel and they have to talk medieval. It is difficult to find a different word for instance do I say worm hole, vortex, rift, whirl pool, dispersion field or what? Because there are some words that have a lot of choices, while others have just a few.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
27 Sep 08
Congrats I hope ya sale a bunch. I can say it but dont now what it means havent looked it up. and as I dont know what it means I dont know if I use it or not lol
@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
27 Sep 08
They sure do ! :) In any language LOL I do have a thesaurus, but the dictionary works just as well. I love to find and use new words. When I was about 12 there was a lady in our building that was a pain in that part of our anatomy that I shouldn't mention here :) She had a sharp tongue and was always commenting on other people. Of course us the kids were a good target for her. I hit payload when I learned that her vocabulary wasn't that extensive. I used to go around with a dictionary learning words that could be used to insult her without her even noticing. I know this is not too nice but it so worked :)
@paid2write (5202)
27 Sep 08
Yes it is a good brain stretching exercise to find different ways of expressing the same thing and using alternative words rather than be repetitive. I find my vocabulary improves by reading. The more I read the more words I seem to know. Then when I'm writing, words seem to come to me more easily. I need to look up some words in a dictionary to make sure I have the right meaning, and that I'm using the word in the correct way.
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
27 Sep 08
yes as a writer, I really love words, I wish I had a bigger vocabulary than I have. I have a bad memory now and I cannot remember new things anymore.
@GardenGerty (118059)
• United States
27 Sep 08
I am a wordful person, so I do not usually need a Thesaurus. Such a compendium of duplicate meanings is available for me to avail myself of, it is just that I often or frequently do not. I admire you for having the stick-to-it-ive-ness to write a book.
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
27 Sep 08
Which makes it hard for my week long insomniac writing sessions, I can tell you! Lmao. I love words. I have to really be careful not overuse favorites, but it's fun on the occasion that I have to look for new words to use...or to refresh my memory. I guess that's why alot of writers are held reverently -- our big vocabularies!
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I love words. My favorite book is the dictionary. I have a few, plus the Encarta dictionary is bookmarked. When I read I write down words I don't know and I look them up. I am fascinated by language and the power it has. I love to challenge myself to come up with new word to use in place of overused words. By the way-- congratulations on finishing your novel. It must feel good to make such an accomplishment.