Choosing the best words for a piece of writing
involves being able to look critically at verbs and adverbs, nouns and
adjectives and select ones that are
and not passive.
the verbs that the writer chooses are powerful
and energetic. The writer is able to choose just the right words to
make the writing sound natural.
Word choice is to writing what
ingredients are to cooking- they make all the difference. Word
choice to writing can also be compared to a painter. The medium he
chooses makes his painting vivid or dark. Good writer's use
transition words to help as they
If you choose the right
words for your piece you too can paint memorable pictures for your
audience. See some
Writing is a series of choices. As
you work on a paper, you choose your topic, your approach, your
sources, and your thesis; when it's time to write, you have to
choose the words you will use to express your ideas and decide how
you will arrange those words into sentences and paragraphs.
As you revise your draft, you make
more choices. You might ask yourself, "Is this really what I mean?"
or "Will readers understand this?" or "Does this sound good?"
Finding words that capture your meaning and convey that meaning to
your readers is challenging.
When your instructors writes
things like "awkward," "vague," or "wordy" on your draft, they are
letting you know that they want you to work on word choice.
handout will explain some
common issues related to word choice and give you strategies for
choosing the best words as you revise your drafts.