My quote: “All the words in my books have been used before – I have only re-arranged them”.
Authors generally use a lot of words when writing and I love words! Words like, Clinophobia – fear of going to bed (lying down); Kathisophobia – fear of sitting; Stasiphobia – fear of standing or walking. All words could prove useful in the right context.
I believe in a responsibility to learn my craft better and understand how to put words together. One tool I use is to read other successful authors. After all, they have already discovered the secrets, right?
Another tool I use is the internet. For example, I wanted to know about ‘the art of words’. The best I could come up with was: The conscious use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be contemplated or appreciated as beautiful, as in the arrangement of forms, sounds, or words. The more I looked at this definition, the better I liked it.
And, it didn’t take long to learn that I needed to have a thesaurus at hand too. So, that tool has become my BFF.
Lastly, while there will never be a substitute for learning all you can about grammar and punctuation, I believe in one more essential ingredient – trust your gut. There is scientific evidence that your gut feeling is way more than just a feeling. So, if you can work your gut into your writing style, then you just might have it all.