I have a love affair with words, vocabulary, diction, expressions. It is a long list. Turning a phrase, evoking thoughts, feelings, and atmosphere can be accomplished by using, as Nancy says, le mot jeste.
I can spend a lot of time agonizing over a single word choice. Should I use “cold” or does “bitter” convey a meaning laced with harshness and resentment? Does the picture change if I select “crisp” instead? Can my reader smell an apple, recall a glorious autumn day, or see leaves changing color? Or perhaps “glacial” is more appropriate? If words make fiction blossom, do I want my rose to “smell”, or should it have an “aroma”? What about a “fragrance”?
The astute writer takes these nuances into consideration as their prose paints the desired picture. Every single word carries its own image, flavor, or emotion. A single well-placed word can replace sentences and paragraphs filled with description. I know, I have deleted them in my editing process.
How much consideration do you place on word choice?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer