Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Every Word Matters

Sometimes my husband comes home and asks me, "How was your meeting with your writing partner, Becky?"

And I say, "We spent like an hour arguing over one word."

That may seem insane.

But Janet Reid has an amazing post about how the placement of one word can make all the difference in the world.

11 comments:

Bethany Mattingly said...

Thanks for the link. I had a similar thing with my writing buddy and the word appreciation. It's kind of a standing joke now with us. :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

You are so right! I have had multiple arguments lasting for hours all because of a word or two. Ah, the joys of wordsmithing! :-)

Angela Ackerman said...

I think only writers get this. lol/ Thanks for the link!

Angela @ the Bookshelf Muse

Elana Johnson said...

I so agree--especially in picture books!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

This is so true when your whole ms has less than 500 words! I struggled with wording on a query for a story that was written in a folktale format...a critique buddy looked at and said, "It reads like a folktale." Sometimes fresh eyes make the difference. :-)

Julie Hedlund said...

Dude, I spent a whole writing day on 4 lines one time. Whole day. 4 lines.

Rebecca said...

We don't argue. We debate. Strongly. :-)

Kim said...

I get this. I argued for the word "obsessed." Was told it was "too old" for a picture book. I've read PB's with tons of big words. I don't think obsessed is too much.

chandlermariecraig said...

That's awesome to have a writing partner who will let you argue for an hour over one word!

Kristin said...

Especially true for picture books!

Ishta Mercurio said...

Yup, this is me. I can spend hours just rearranging two sentences. It's important.