The idea for this post started when I read a review for one of my books. The reviewer said it was weird to her when I used a certain phrase to describe a part of the male body. My first thought was, “Wait…I wrote that?” I immediately opened the document to search for this phrase I supposedly used. Turns out, I didn’t write that phrase after all. I let out a relieved sigh because, well, let’s face it: The wording you use can either make or break the story.
As a writer, you develop a sense of the kind of wording a book in your genre requires. You adjust as you write the story, learning along the way how it needs to flow to be believable. Wording is key to elicit the kind of reaction you’re going for. The wrong word or sentence can throw an entire scene off balance, taking the reader out of the story.