Word choice is about choosing the perfect words. Here are some things to think about when choosing your words.
Use just the words you need. No need to use a lot of filler words. Just say what you mean. “I think…” instead of “I am of the opinion that perhaps…”
Use specific words.
- decaying instead of old
- honest and dependable instead of good
- like blushing cheeks instead of red
- sprinted instead of ran
- grumbled instead of said
- flopped instead of sat
- poodle instead of dog
- cottage instead of house
- lemonade instead of drink
Use all the senses. Describe how things looked, felt, smelled, tasted, and sounded.
Use metaphors and similes.
Use sentences with action verbs.
- “The yard was covered with snow” becomes “the snow covered the yard.” Or, “the snow covered the yard like a blanket.”
What would be a better word to replace each of these? bad, smelled, coat