Using new wordsMorning of a hot day started with thinking about the topic of my writing. I found, It is surprisingly complex for me to employ new wrods in my everyday writing. I was reading a book, and all the new words that wiped out from my memory after a while, have never seen to be planted in my writing again. Although I am eager to use new words in my writing, mysteriously the flame of my memory never lightened to use those words from my reading. When I stare morosely at others exemplary writing, I explore the importance of using new words rhythmically in my exhausted writing. Since my mightily chewed new words are slipping out from my memory, I have to change the motion of swallowing new words to fill my memory. But now a days I chocked with pride, the sphere of droping new words from my thoughts becoming smaller. However, still far away to go, I know there is a path, a path beaten hard by many successfull writers.

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One of the most common mistakes students make is that they think that fancy words are better than plain words.  They go running to the thesaurus, even with a simple word will do.  The key to sophisticated writing is not flowery language, it's precision.  You can't just choose a word from a thesaurus because it's listed as a synonym, and just any word will do.  You need to select whichever word has the meaning you want.

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As an English teacher, I keep my phone next to me while reading (just in case I need to look up a word--and suggest my students do the same). Authors choose words very carefully. I have always appreciated the technicality of writing (when to write using elevated language and when to write using basic language).

I have to admit that sometimes I feel that some people try to use "big" words to impress others (and not used to denote true understanding). It is almost as if they are writing with the thesaurus open so as to find the most impressive words possible). That said, some writings can discourage the reader when the author makes them feel stupid (through word choice).

Authors need to be aware of their audience and write appropriately. Readers need to engage in the reading and understand that words read are important.

 

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Focus on making your writing clear and concise. Sometimes, new words are not always the best words. At the same time, big, flowery words are not always the best words either. If you write a sentence and find that you can delete whole phrases or clauses from that sentence and still get the same point accross, it is probably best to leave out those extra parts.

Now, instead of adding words, you might want to replace some boring or dull words (or words you've already used quite a few times) with words that are more interesting or give the reader a better visual. For this, I would simply suggest using a thesaurus. I wouldn't overdo it, though, because many readers (especially teachers) can tell when a writer is trying to hard to use "sophisticated," or, as I like to call it, flowery language.

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Using new words does not necessarily mean using pompous words. 

You can understand the notion of "new words" in more than one way. For instance, language keeps adding words for new objects or activities that we did not name before for the simple reason that they did not exist. Examples of this are "texting" and "freemium", a condensation of "free" and "premium" used in business to express that a basic product is free while additional, related services are charged. The reason why we cannot speak in dead languages such as Latin is that they lack many of the words we now need for factual communication. 

You can also think of "new words" in relative terms. Words that are new to some may be familiar to others. This depends on the extent to which a speaker of a language has built up his/her vocabulary. Learning new words enlarges the scope of comprehension. These words may be retained in memory as passive knowledge -that is to say, you remember their meaning when you hear or read them- or may be activated; i.e. you may appropriate them and use them. 

A poor vocabulary yields limited thought, for our thinking processes rely on words. So by all means try to learn words that are new to you, always bearing in mind that registers (styles of language) do not mix kindly. We do not use the same words in a colloquial exchange, an academic paper, and a literary piece.

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I'm going to sound like an English teacher here:

Simplify!!!

Many writers feel that the more complicated their writing sounds the better it is, but this is the opposite of the truth. It looks to me like you're trying to make your writing sound complex, but unfortunately it's just extremely confusing.

A straightforward, easily understandable approach would be much more effective. As for new words, make sure you've seen each new word used in a variety of contexts before you start to use them yourself.

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I especially enjoy this line from your post:

As a result, I step into significant crepuscular region.

A suggestion for you, however, comes from reading a line like this - Remember that it is the thought behind the words which is primarily important, not the language itself. This is an interesting sentence, but with simpler wording your meaning would probably be clearer.

Using a wide range of terms in a piece of writing is nice for variety, but the real virtue in having access to a large vocabulary comes in one's ability to achieve accurate expression. 

 

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