At a recent writer’s critique circle, I contributed several minor corrections during what was a moderately attended but quite active and rewarding session. Most of the improvements yours truly suggested to other writers were targeted towards their choices of words.
- ‘Clambered’ is an action, not a sound;
- People don’t ‘skitter’ accidentally on pools of blood — skittering is an intentional act and is usually done by small furry creatures;
- Use ‘rabble’, not ‘rubble’ — Rubble are rocks, rabble are people.
In a way, I guess I did! Me Mum made me consume a handful of tomes designed to build one’s vocabulary while I was in grade school and junior high. She was adamant about the worth of an education, and was a great help when I dealt with my budding dyslexia and stuttering. There was one phrase she used only occasionally, but has stuck with me since, and I firmly believe to this day:
“The more four-letter words you use, the more people will think you have
an IQ of four.”
So yes, I considered the writer’s question a compliment! (Not a complement!)