"Easy reading is damn hard writing." Nathaniel Hawthorne
This past week, a friend read a sentence to me that they had written. It sounded very important, but, honestly, I didn't have a clue what it meant. I was unfamiliar with the words chosen; so, I completely missed the point that my friend wanted to make.
Why? Because each word matters. The words chosen by my friend, while they sounded important, meant nothing to me as a reader. Only after I stopped reading and looked up the words would I understand what the writer meant. As a storyteller, I don't want the reader to stop for any reason, let alone to look up a word I've written. Likewise, I don't want my reader to reread a sentence several times before they undedrstand it.
Obviously, revisions are crucial. But, are you conscious of your word choices as you write?