Fancy words

Fernweh. Solivagant. Paracosm.

The words sound great, but what do they mean?

Writers come across this issue at times. Most of us are logophiles, which means we love words almost too much. We like interesting words that no one knows about. We fall in love with these words, but then we want to write them in our stories. Which can be an issue…

Readers—those wonderful creatures who read our stories—are not logophiles like us most of the time. Some hate looking up definitions. Some dislike the idea of finding SAT test words in stories. They want to fall into the story, leaving their lives for a moment or two. Not finding new complex words only to forget them five minutes later.

Writers have to write colloquially. We write to the people, for the people. If readers cannot understand our big words, how can we get our messages across?

3 thoughts on “Fancy words

  1. i totally agree. you need to consider also your target audience as well. I was once told that i needed to change some of the words i used in my book because they were too simple. I thought about replacing the words suggested, went as far as research thesaurus for alternative words. but then i told myself, my story is told on the first person, by a character who had to drop out of school at the age of 12. and it was targeted at the ya audience. So i left the words as they were.

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    1. That’s a cool story! & yeah, I’ve heard about changing words to match the target audience. Those can be good for third POV, but not from first POV when you need more of the character’s personality in my opinion.

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