Writing Tip; Rule 8
That is likely the biggest challenge a writer faces.
Here’s a good rule; use everyday words. Use words and language used in everyday speech. Do you want a reader scrambling for a dictionary every page or so? Are you on a personal campaign to improve everyone’s vocabulary? Are you trying to show that you know high sounding and long words?’
Personally, I don’t know many big words.
I just finished reading a sports column and the word “matriculate” was used. It’s a good word, it’s descriptive, it rolls nicely off the tongue, it even sounds good. I may even use it someday - if I’m trying to impress somebody. It’s high sounding.
Don’t use high sounding words. It makes you sound like a snob, even if you are, you don’t want snobs only reading your stuff.
You may have a character who uses all those big words you have stored up, but the writer in you has to keep it toned down.
Small words used correctly carry power and convey a thought rapidly.
Joe ambulated to the kitchen. He did? Joe traversed to the kitchen. Hey, I got a good word; Joe matriculated to the kitchen. It may not be right, but it just sounds good.
Sometimes; Joe just went to the kitchen. He could have rushed, sprinted, moseyed, tripped, or even levitated to the kitchen. But he got there - somehow. Maybe as stated, he simply went and the mood of the writing will tell inform the fashion of conveyance.
Big words often display a dishonesty in writing. In other words, overselling the story. When sensing it I close the book. The writer is not writing to me, he’s writing to the people who know big words.