“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
After doing the "spying" exercise, I started really thinking--
Show, don't tell.
It means using the best words to describe so that the reader
can see what the writer sees.
An exercise I do with new writers is this, I have them listen to
at least three versions of the song "Mack the Knife." We
listen to Bobby Darrin, Louis Armstrong, and Lyle Lovett.
Each of those singers has a very distinctive voice.
Sometimes, I add in Ella Fitzgerald.
I just did that exercise to help me think about a character
who I want to have a distinctive voice. I want his voice deep
If you get a chance, listen to these four versions, even just
the sample you get from ITunes. Quickly write down three
descriptive words for each singer.
Then, do it again, but push your creativity. Instead of smooth
how about creamy? Instead of rough, how about ....
nah, you try it! And let me know what you come up with.