Word Choice A more closer look into a writing trait A digital storytelling project By Lauren LeBrun
Did you know that there are over 460,000 words in the English language? So, when it comes to deciding which word to use where, you’ve got plenty of choices.
Have I used some words that I really love ?
Can my reader tell what my words mean?
Have I used any NEW words?
Did I try not to repeat words too many times?
The specific words that you
choose create images, capture
a reader's attention
and make your story memorable.
Instead of using that boring word said- try using these exciting words:
whispered cried shouted yelped hollered screamed whispered wept blubbered howled wailed SAID is DEAD!
Sensory Details sound words
Sensory details sight words
Sensory Details touch/ feel words
Sensory Details smell words
Sensory Details taste words
WORD CHOICE … like the sun in the sky—can accomplish many things: comfort or sunburn, thirst or relaxation. The words you choose to include in your writing have profound impact on your reader.
Word Choice Activity
Read the following paragraph:
The big bear stood by the water. He looked at his shadow in the big lake. He thought that he looked nice . He went to take a drink of water. A fish went by. The bear wanted to eat the big fish. He ate up the fish and went away.
You probably noticed that the author used words that were not that exciting. Brainstorm some words or phrases you could use, instead of the underlined words, that would make the story more lively and memorable for the reader. Revise the story adding precise, colorful words. Share your new more interesting story.
Notice how an author's voice and choice of words makes a story unique.