Authors usually have vocabulary that they use on a regular basis. For you to have a big number of words to choose from when writing, you need to learn other vocabularies. When you are a fiction writer it is best if you use verbs, nouns, modifiers and adjectives that best bring out the writing. What makes up good writing is how well you put the words together and how the words themselves are. When a novel you are reading is engaging, you will easily get into it. After reading and enjoying the novel, reread it again. Examining how the work is written is the goal. How the plot and characters were developed as well as the technical aspects such as grammar are some of the things you should be mindful of. Be mindful of the fact that American and British authors write differently.
It could be their punctuation, spelling and the difference in the words that are being used. While Americans use among, the British use the word amongst. There are standard rules that you should stick to when writing for either the American or British readers.
Expanding the base of the vocabulary fiction authors know is important and it is possible to do. Anytime when they are reading another author’s work, they can do this. It is advisable that you note down any new vocabulary that you come across. Most authors do not do this even though it is general knowledge. It is one of the many ways of building your vocabulary even though it is a logical thing to do. To make categories that suits your needs, get a notebook or any other means you desire. Anytime people are talking or when there is a dialogue on the TV or when you are reading, you should concentrate and listen keenly. Be mindful of verbs, nouns, modifiers and adjectives or any compound nouns being used. Chances are you will be surprised of the words you already use, the ones you didn’t know about and those you never thought of using. The words or phrases that your characters might occasionally use should be kept. Use a phrase like ‘her eyes surveyed the room ‘ when describing the action of the eye.
You will be able to describe vividly what is going on internally and externally regarding your characters if you take notes of such words and phrases. When you make use of the lists that you kept, you will be able to write authentic and creative vocabulary. When making the first draft use this list.