My favorite things about any book is always the CHARACTERS—I like Pride & Prejudice more than Northanger Abbey, because I like forthright Lizzie Bennet more than I like silly but well-meaning Catherine Moreland. But I love Persuasionbest of all because I LOVE sweet, kind, thoughtful, long-suffering Anne Elliot.
That is why I believe every word in your novel should serve two purposes:
— to move the plot forward,
— and give greater insight into the characters
so our readers have an authentic and immersive experience—that is, a unique experience that they witness through eyes, ears, sensory experiences and emotions of our characters.
We can achieve this by using “power words,” “scene-themed words,” but more especially “character-themed” words.
Power Words give strong images & associations and drive up tension
Scene-themed words give us the vital information to tell us where and when we are in the story and what’s going on.
Character-themed words give us insight into the mind and thoughts of our characters.
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