WR: Choosing Your Words: Diction and What Naming Means
WR: Choosing Your Words: Diction and What Naming Means

21. Choosing Your Words: Diction and What Naming Means
Writers Retreat
Lorna Crozier

 

Poems, novels, stories are built one word after another, says poet Lorna Crozier. That sounds simple, but what goes into our choosing of which word well use? Why dolour over sadness? Why mutt over canine? Well look at writers choices, from Yeats to Lise Gaston and do some writing of our own while we keep in mind this passage from Lewis Carroll: "Must a name mean something?" Alice asked doubtfully.
"Of course, it must, Humpty Dumpty said. My name means the shape I am--and a good handsome shape it is, too."
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