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?