Writers have a job to do, and words are our tools. Words that can create a world away from our day-to-day life, words that can teach us, words that will make us laugh or cry, words that will make us wonder.
As a writer it is not just about stringing random words together. We have a story to tell and we need to understand our reader to insure that they enjoy what we are creating with our pen (or keyboard). Personally, when I am reading a cozy mystery (like the ones I write), a romantic comedy or “Chick Lit” I do not want to be bombarded with scientific mumbo-jumbo while I’m trying to enjoy the author’s words. I want the words of the story to match the mood of the book, and so do most readers.
On the other had, there are times when details and technical terms are a necessary part of the story. Would you believe in a medical drama that used the words boo-boo? Of course not. The words need to not only tell the story, but build the suspense and the back story and these details make the difference. Research or life experiences will give the author the confidence to weave a story that will keep you interested from the opening page to the ending page.
No matter what type of book you read, the type of words will set the mood for your enjoyment. From the mother reading her child’s favorite book, to the adult catching some private time out in the garden with the newest block buster; the words matter.
So big words (medical suspense) to little words (children’s books) just read….
Remember Dr. Seuss has sold millions of books all based on rhyming little words!