Being a writer entails a great deal of dedication. It does not really matter whether you are writing a story or an entire book. The writing process is still very difficult and will force you practice day in and day out. And amongst the most important aspects of the writing process is vocabulary. Having a wide array of words at your disposal is very important because the more words you know the better you will write. The more words you know the easier it will be for you to reach out to your readers. You will also be able to express yourself more effectively if you know a lot of words. Here are 6 easy to follow tips to improve your vocabulary.
- Write down any new words you encounter every day
When it comes to learning new words consistency is key. You should take note of any new words you come across. That way you can look them up when you have the time. Keep a notebook or store new words on your phone. It is also a good idea to read through the dictionary and memorize at least five words every day. It might not seem like much, but if you learn five new words every single day of the year by the end of the year your vocabulary would definitely improve a great deal. Just remember that consistency is key when it comes to learning new words.
- Use new words in your day to day conversations
If you want to retain information of your new words it is always a good idea to use them in your day to day conversations. That way you will not only be able to practice using them, you will also be sound more eloquent and intelligent. Just be careful that you don’t overdo it and use overly complicated jargon. This will not only alienate your friends but also make you sound pretentious and pedantic. Learn to find the middle ground and you will reap the benefits of your expanded vocabulary.
- Write a lot
Aside from using your new words in your day to day conversations one of the best ways to practice your vocabulary is to write a lot. You can write a story or even a whole book and throughout the entire process you should try to use your new words every chance you get. That way you will be able to effectively gauge how your words sound and how to properly use them in a sentence. Just remember that the words should match with the sentence composition. Don’t just use words because they sound good or impressive. The words have to match with the sentence and the context. Because if they don’t the entire sentence will sound forced and awkward.
- Delve deep into the history of the words
Although this may seem a bit much for some people, it is also a good idea to delve into the history of the words you use. That way you can surmise where the words came from and if they were influenced by a certain culture. For example you find the word Buckaroo. It is an anglicized version of the Spanish word Vaquero which is the Spanish word for cowboy. By knowing where words came from, you will not only be more knowledgeable of the words, but you will be able to utilize it more effectively.
- Play word games
Although learning new words can be satisfying work, it can get pretty boring in the long run. Which is why it is always a good idea to play games that will help you increase your vocabulary and have fun at the same time. Games like Scrabble, Boggle and Cranium are such games. You can also try doing the cross word puzzle in your daily newspaper.
- Read a lot
If you want to improve your vocabulary effectively you will have to read a great deal. This is because reading will introduce you to a multitude of old and new words. By reading a lot you are technically brushing up on your vocabulary. Old words and their meanings will be reinforced to your memory and you can expand your vocabulary by researching on the new words you encounter. It also pays to have a varied selection of literature. Don’t limit yourself to just one genre. Instead open yourself to a myriad of genres. Read Children’s books, Christian books, Poetry books, Science Fiction and so much more. That way you will have a truly multi-faceted selection of words to choose from.