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Writing Tips: Descriptive Words.

Posted on: October 17, 2009

What word or words can a writer use when they want to make their story more descriptive without driving up the word count a writer might ask? This is particularly important when a writer has a word count limit to deal with. This is when a good thesaurus is helpful.

For instance, portly, obese, plump give the reader a different visual than just using the word fat and they don’t add any extra words to the word count.

PegFinley_picLean, lanky and emancipated  all work for versions of skinny. For action words such as walked, try using ambled, sauntered, stomped or skipped depending on the context of the story.

 

 

for instance,

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3 Responses to "Writing Tips: Descriptive Words."

Very true! However, as writers we must be careful to not overuse descriptive words. Sometimes the simpler, the better =]

Natalie,

It is funny you should say that because I almost added another paragraph that would have said that exact thing . . . especially when one is writing for the younger children. Thanks for the reminder.

Peg

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