Monday, May 5, 2014

Words I use often.


There are words, when I write my reviews, that I notice I use fairly frequently: words like beautiful, thrilling, captivating, swept up/in, pace, exquisite, lovely. These words are, apparently, staple words for my blogging, because, as it would be, I do not use these words very often in my day to day life. Hardly any of them appear in my mouth, forming part of a conversation out in the open air, and yet these words full my mind and are the words I write- not just words here, either, because they are in my stories, too.

They're all good words, sure, and to be using them is hardly an awful thing, but I've noticed that they are making a regular appearance and think it could be useful to try some re-wording, because, similarly, I have words that I use in my everyday existence that I hear appearing far too frequently, and, thanks to a couple of skype vows I am no longer using "cool", and "yeah" is on it's way out, too. These are words I would use to fill in silence and I know I can do more for my responses.

I could say exhilarating instead of thrilling. Devastating instead of sorrowful and gorgeous instead of beautiful. Sweet or kind or very charming instead of lovely.
Affirmative instead of yeah.

Words are abundant and, particularly in these last few draft and edit filled years, I've been noticing as if for the first time the true, excruciating beauty they contain. Words like differentiate could send me to my knees.
Frequently makes my mind feel glorious.
I don't want to overuse them, but I think it would be awful if I underused or ignored words I felt so passionately about, or just stuck with the same ones because I have for so long already.

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  1. I totally understand this. I feel that my reviews are written as if I am speaking to someone and not as I would write.. say a book report. I tend to write reviews on a whim and so I just sit... type for a few minutes till I feel I have everything said I need to say and then I get off. I have heard bloggers say they will spend like an hour writing a review. I feel that I too need to put more words into my posts.

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    1. That sounds like a great way to write a review- I love the fact that everyone has such different ways of doing their thing. I mean, for instance, I can't write a lot of stuff on the computer- I used to write my reviews directly into the post, but now I just can't think of the words, so I write everything down in a journal (this includes all my novel writing) and then transfer it. It takes a lot longer, but I get to edit whilst I put it up, which is handy.

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  2. I am horribly slack when it comes to words. They just don't stay in my brain... >_< Well, not the big ones, anyway! My sister is ALWAYS spouting off big words though. She'll say "pleasurable" instead of "awesome" or something wacky that I just roll my eyes at. Haha! I tend to whack words together on my blog like I would speak. *shrugs* But words ARE beautiful.

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    1. Oh yes! I am always being influenced by the books I read or the movies I see. When I watched Firefly, it made me go slightly Western and I have permanently adopted a way of speaking when it comes to certain words, a I cut words a fair bit now, without even really noticing. It was so amusing when I watched Pirates of the Caribbean for the first time a few weeks ago, because I'd just been reading an old adventure novel where the children are exploring and being pirates, so I went totally pirate. It was terrific.

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  3. I have to admit, I don't tend to use those sorts of words unless I want to write a semi-serious review. Mostly my reviews are quite informal- I write them almost like a script. The voice in my reviews sounds like what a vlog review would sound like, sort of thing. But I did actually use the word exquisite for one of my recent reviews, so clearly, I do like to use the occasional fancy word ;)

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    1. I completely understand that! Something I find really interesting about myself is how differently I speak and write- some things are similar, and it really depends on the day and all, but I use very different words. I find this kind of discussion really interesting.

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  4. I'm guilty of it too :) I sometimes begin writing a review and then release that it sounds nothing like me. This year, I've started speak typing (as I've called it). I actually voice my review and type as I'm talking. It sounds really strange, but that way I find I'm keeping them far more casual. I overuse the same words too, awesome is one I keep coming back to. But sometimes that's exactly what a book is :)

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    1. That's a fantastic idea! I recently read through a novel I wrote, and I read it aloud to see what everything sounded like outside of my head. It was such a help. I can definitely recall being completely enthusiastic about a book and saying awesome a bunch of times! Sometimes there's only one word to describe it!

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  5. I think my review style is always changing so I don't have too much of that problem in my posts but my comments are the WORST when it comes to this. I almost always repeat "Yeah, definitely, sound, and seem" because I just don't know what else to say.

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    1. I came close to saying "oh yeah, absolutely" in reply to this, but now I've used it as an anecdote instead, so it's all fine! It could be fun to challenge yourself each time you answer comments, and use specific words- somehow get them into the comment. This idea actually sounded a lot more clear in my head!

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  6. Beautiful post, I don't even realise whether I am guilty of using a certain word too many times or not. Most likely am :P I dunno, they usually seem to flow from the fingers when you type, like they have a mind of their own! I think the word I may overuse the most is "definitely"

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    1. Thank you, Joy!

      Isn't it lovely when you can just write and the words, as you say, flow? That's such a beautiful/exquisite feeling. I really think it would be interesting to spend a day stopping oneself from saying all the words they usually say, replacing them with synonyms or something like that. It'd probably become really confusing, but could be fun, too!

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  7. I love old english/that classic book language. Like VAGABOND! or SAUCY! or combine them together--YOU SAUCY VAGABOND! XD Which I guess isn't as insulting as it sounds. But gosh big words to use in life…well we tend not to use them in our conversations as use more of regular language you know like "like" or "interesting" or those other bland words. Imagine though!--if everyone goes around using these big words!--that would be amazing. <3

    Of course I know you love em words Romi! ;D I remember you read a book about different literary words that you really loved…I really forgot the name…I think it starts with an A….but also because your vocabulary usage is very high too! ^^

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    1. I absolutely agree, Delaney! But what would happen if everyone started using the different words until they became the average ones, and "totally" was a mystical, beautiful, almost forgotten word? Wow... this is actually really sweeping me up, this conversation! ( :

      Yes! It was called The Horologicon- such a beautiful incredible amazing book. Thank you, Delaney.xx

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  8. I love, love words, too, but yes, I am definitely "guilty" of using the same words over and over again in my posts (coming up with BIG words is just so exhausting, haha) like interesting and really interesting or amazing/awesome. But well, I want my posts to sound relaxed and informal so it doesn't really bother me. (I leave the pretty, big words to the authors;)

    (btw, since you LOVE words, I'm now 1000% sure you're going to ADORE The Word Exchange ;)

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    1. Affirmative! Words are just so beautiful and magical.

      Since you're 1000% percent sure, I'm going to have to buy it next time I'm buying books, on your recommendation. This is a lot on your shoulders, Cayce, but I have full faith in you! xx

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  9. I'm guilty of over using words. I even bought myself a giant thesaurus so I could find more variety to what I normally use... but I think I still use beautiful, amazing and lovely way too much. Best of lck using the words you're passionate about!

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    1. Oh, that's a thrilling idea! I hope you keep reading the thesaurus and choosing different words to use. Lovely is such a lovely word, though not quite my favourite. That goes to "dappled".

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  10. I'll notice if in the one review I use the same word many more than a couple of times, because my Extension English teacher was very stern about that and would beat us to death for it. But there are lots of words I use in every day vernacular that I could never take away: Cupcakes. This is BALLS. Boooooooo. And Shut Up or I'll Punch You In the Face. My life would be empty without them.

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  11. I particularly notice it when I use a word multiple times in a review, I'd been noticing it a lot when I decided to write the post! but I also saw that they were recurring, so I guess it's a mix. Cupcakes are a fairly necessary word to life, though Pie is more important to me.

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    1. (In reply to you, Lauren, but without having hit reply. BAM.)

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