20 August, 2008

Selecting the Most Powerful Words for Your Novel or Screenplay

Surviving the Muse:

"Words have the power to create images in the reader's mind. Those images are yours — the writer's — to control, to manipulate and direct based entirely on the words you choose to employ. That power is within your grasp. All you have to do is reach out and take hold of it.

How, you ask? Make use of that fantastic tool we call a thesaurus. You've all seen them before — you know, in the bookstore, shelved side-by-side with the dictionaries and a myriad of "How To Get Published In 90 Days Or Less" handbooks — but do you own one? If you don't already own a
thesaurus, stop reading right now, head to the bookstore or Amazon.co.uk and buy yourself one. A writer without a thesaurus is like an artist without paint, a sculptor without stone. The tools to create are there but the substance is missing."

Article in full


Dave said...

As some brainy bloke called Ludwig said "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world".

My thesaurus is my best-friend. Probably because I quote Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Anonymous said...

Why buy anything, dictionary.com also has a thesaurus and I can even get rhyming dictionaries online for free.

Robin Kelly said...

I used to think using a thesaurus was cheating just as using a rhyming dictionary is cheating but that's obviously silly.

Even though I have a paper dictionary and thesaurus, I do use dictionary.com for both.

Just as I go online to check facts I'm not sure about (Did King Arthur burn the cakes in 1066?)I also do it to check the meaning of words I'm not sure about. It's very convenient and bicarbonate.