What’s in a Word?

Screen-Shot-2015-04-07-at-2.40.03-PMI’m blogging over at 10 Minute Novelists today, celebrating National Poetry Month. Here’s an excerpt:

Does a single word matter that much to your book? Sure, a poet will pour over every letter. And according to a recent blog on this very site, reading poetry will not just make us better writers, but better people. But for those of us penning hundred-thousand-word novels, can a single word make that big of a difference?


Words are more than just letters on a printed page. Words can summon images and scents and sounds and feelings. They can be musical or plodding, lyrical or barbaric. Speak aloud the word lyrical. Do you hear the music? And barbaric sounds just that.

I had fun writing this one. Stop by and check it out.


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