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Be Strategic: Select Words Judiciously

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"My task, which I am trying to achieve is,  by the power of the written word,  to make you hear, to make you feel-- it is, before all, to make you see." -Joseph Conrad

     We all want our readers to submerse themselves in our stories. We want readers to see, hear, taste, and feel along with our characters. Words are the bricks we use to build a place where a reader keeps returning.   Sebastyne Young reminds writers "A picture can tell a thousand words, but a few words change a story."  Verbs move a story. We all heard about writing with strong verbs, (instead of 'she laughed,' perhaps she chortled, snickered, snorted, tittered,) or any of the other forty-two other meanings of laughter that could improve your scene. Choose the verb that one would draw your reader into the story and help describe your character?       Writers must read. Current fiction gives the writer insight into today's style. Some successful writers have a formulaic method. While other pro…