Last week I started a new audiobook* Let the Great World Spin, and I'm enjoying the storytelling so very much. It's captivating.
Within the first few pages/minutes, the "thrum of the subway" was mentioned.
"What a perfect word," I thought. "I should use that word when I'm describing a hum of activity -- either literal or figurative."
Then I heard the word again in the book, and while it was still a wonderfully descriptive word that has a perfect sense of onomatopoeia when said aloud -- it lost some of its "pop."
When I heard it a third time halfway through the book, I was totally over it.
It reminded me that I need to be careful with certain words. I already know that I overuse certain words (as simple as "so") in my writing, but it also reminded me to look for and search out those "power words," yet to be extremely careful not to overuse them.
Melissa at Breath of Life is hosting a new "The Week in Words" carnival each Monday. Here's how she introduced it:
"Although I'm not a wordsmith, I love words. Love them. (Just ask anyone who knows me. I've always got plenty to share.) One of the things I enjoy most is seeing how other people put them together. Think about it. A few carefully crafted words can make you laugh, cry, or dream. They can completely change your perspective and your life.
And I want you to share the words you've found. So I'm creating the "Week in Words" carnival. Playing along is simple, just write a post of the quote(s) that spoke to you during the week (attributed, of course) and link back here. They can be from any written source, i.e. magazine, newspaper, blog, book. The only requirement is that they be words you read."
*from Jennifer -- looks like I'm breaking the rules the first go round, since it was an audiobook I didn't technically "read" it, but even though I listened to it, it really is the written word in my mind. I also know that The Week in Words doesn't really have to be about a word, but rather a quote. This is just what I wanted to share.
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