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Ron’s Lit Tip Word Overuse

Ron’s Tip of the Day is now Ron’s Lit Tip. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Word Overuse.

Take a look at these words ‘then’, ‘beautiful’, ‘sunny’, ‘happy’, and any other word you can think of. They all have the potential to be overused.

What do you mean?

I am talking about repeatably using the same word over and over. When you find yourself doing that it might be a good idea to find a synonym. It means the same but is not the same word. Repetition is not always complimentary. Sometimes it becomes a drag on the story and may attract undo attention from the reader.

Using synonyms can also freshen your story and make everything more enjoyable to read. It good to look for other ways of describing the same action, reaction, or whatever else you are writing about.

This is also true of antonyms, which are words with opposite meanings. But it is synonyms you will use more often. They broaden your word usage and make your book that much more effective.

What’s the danger of overusing words?

I’ve already referred to it. It becomes a drag. It loses its freshness and makes the story stale and boring. So, it is a good thing to keep an eye out for repetition and changeup if possible. Perhaps get yourself a thesaurus for a resource.

But be careful. Some words might be synonyms but have slightly different applications. So, when replacing one word with another make sure to reword the sentence or paragraph. You don’t want to lose the meaning. You’ll also want to be aware of the tense. It could be finite, past, present, or future.

Lit Tip: Learn to use synonyms properly.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Dictionaries

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Dictionaries.

Seems like such a simple subject. You need a dictionary. End of story.

Not so fast.

Dictionaries change. Sometimes they change for the better, but all to often the changes are only reflective of modern opinion.

I use older dictionaries for historical novels.

The society we live in changes the meaning of words because of politics or social change rather than the actual meaning. For example, the word gay used to mean a happy person, but today it is in reference to a lifestyle. If you want the words to reflect historically accurate then you need a historically accurate dictionary.

On the other hand, I want a modern dictionary for my Speculative books. Try finding anything to do with spaceships in an older dictionary.

Why do Dictionaries change?

Because of profits. They compete with one another. Also, new words and terms are always appearing, so they want to be up to date. I believe newer dictionaries are influenced by political correctness. That last item is a good reason to use an older dictionary.

Also, word meanings do naturally change over time. This is important to recognize. Some dictionaries will show the newest meaning and the older or archaic meaning.

What Should an Author do?

I think you need both an older dictionary and a modern dictionary. Wouldn’t it be funny if someone wrote a time-travel novel in which the time-traveler uses words with modern meanings when speaking to someone back in the 19th century or before. That could be hilarious.

Tip of the Day: Get both older and modern dictionaries as resources.

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