Tuesday’s Word

done very fast and with a lot of energy, often by someone who is in a hurry

When describing a fast heartbeat in my writing this week, I debated between this word and frantic.  They mean different things, with frenetic being more consistent with the feeling I was going for, but I ended up choosing frantic because it made the sentence feel faster and more harried.  Anyone else find themselves being picky about words not just for meaning but for how they sound in the sentence?


About Jessi Gage

Jessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. She’s a passionate reader of all genres of romance, especially anything involving the paranormal. Ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, weres, faeries...you name it, she’ll read it. As for writing, she's sticking to Highlanders and contemporaries with a paranormal twist (for now). A career student (aka indecisive and inquisitive bookworm), Jessi brings her love of research to her worlds and characters. Her guiding tenet in her writing is that good always trumps evil, but not before evil gives good one heck of a run for its money. The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.
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One Response to Tuesday’s Word

  1. Amy Raby says:

    I do that too! I think the “mouth feel” of a word and the way it fits into a sentence (how it affects the rhythm and the pacing) are important considerations in choosing which word to use.

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