As a writers you have great knowledge of words and their meaning. Big vicabulary to you is a piece of cake. It’s hard for you to finish a piece of writing without big words here and there. But these big words shouldn’t interfere with the understanding of your writing. It shouldn’t be a barrier to the reading.
This post is not to discourage you from using vocabulary words in your writing but to avoid the use of big vocabulary where simple word is possible.
Vocabulary is an important tool which helps you to send your thoughts and ideas across to the reader but the use of big vocabulary should be avoided.
Consider these examples;
Avoid – He departed
Use – He left
Avoid – We need to commence.
Use – We need to start.
Avoid – That’s good news! Doxology!
Use – That’s good news! Praise God!
The simpler your writing, the more it doesn’t sound like writing to the reader. The reader engages with it.
So, Before You Use Big Vocabulary In Your Writing, Undertand That;
You are not writing to impress but to pass your idea or thoughts across
The main reason why you write is not to impress or show off your vocabulary but to make the reader picture what you’re saying in order to connect to your writing – big words interfere with this and make you sound ‘impressive’.
“Writing isn’t about using words to impress. It’s about using simple words in an impressive way.” – Sierra Bailey
Readers don’t have to use the dictionary to enjoy your writing
Readers should flow with your writing and not be forced to get a dictionary. It’s like telling the reader to enter a code or buy a ticket before reading.
Readers don’t primarily read to master big words but to know what you have to say
It’s certain from experience that readers do not pick books other than dictionary primarily to learn big words. When a reader picks a book, it’s to find out what the writer is talking about.
Readers are impatient with strange words everywhere
Readers have no patience for strange words. They skip every difficult word to get to the point. Some go back to take note of the big words once the point is clear. Others don’t.
If your writing is filled with strange big words, it’s probably being skipped.
It’s not your duty to teach you reader big vocabulary
(“The reader should be open to discovering new words and looking them up. In such way, he or she is getting enlightened. My writing should be able to give the reader new words to master.”)
Well, there is no denying the fact that people learn through reading – they discover new words, new places and new culture but you shouldn’t send the “I’m smart and you’re not” message to your reader. Know that readers are smart too.
Bigger vocabulary doesn’t mean better writing
It’s important to note that use of big vocabulary in writing does not tell a better writer. What tells a better writer is the ability to use words in an interesting and expressive way
Better writing is simple and straightforward.
Dean Rieck,To sound smart, you must stop trying to sound smart. Brilliant writing is simple writing, a relevant idea delivered clearly and directly.
“If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
– Albert Einstein
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