We all search for the right words to use in our writing. That one word that will add strength to what we are saying. I was told that the dictionary or thesaurus, could be my best friend. The English language as drawn words from other languages such as Latin, French, Spanish and Asian and more. We do have quite an assortment of words to choose from.
We use words to describe what we want to say. So how do we pick the right one? You and I as the writer determine that word or string of words. I was told to beware of adjectives, and adverbs because it can lead to weak writing.
She skipped lightly into the large room, swiftly looking about to spot the one thing she wanted from the large ornate desk sitting amidst the shiny mahogany furniture.
The sentence above is just a bit heavy with adjectives that is not needed. It can be written so simply by leaving out what is not needed. She skipped into the large room, looking on the desk for the one thing she wanted.
We didn’t need all of the words in the first sentence to make a sentence which had a clearer read. I had more than I needed.
Nouns and verbs can make a sentence very vibrant without all of the adjectives. Focus on the best nouns and verbs the find the modifiers that add to these words.
“Adjectives and adverbs are helper words, what the grammarians call “Modifiers.” They help refine the impression cast by your true building blocks, nouns and verbs. At a writers’ conference a few years ago, a supposedly clever expression was circulating: Are your verbs working hard enough? Granted, the expression isn’t all that clever, but it points to a truth. The stronger your nouns and vers are, the better they can support your carefully chosen modifiers.”
This is a video by Adora Svidak which pertains to word choices. Enjoy