Using certain words

I read lots of writers’ blogs to gain advice to improve my writing. One word many experts say not to use is ‘get’ or ‘got’. We should use a more imaginative word such as, ‘he arrived home’ rather than ‘he got home’, and so on. ‘He got out of bed’ is easier on the eye than ‘he arose’ but, because all my books are set in Victorian times they would have said the latter, and I like to keep my language appropriate to that period.

I shall continue to strive not to use the dreaded word, but when you see in a writers’ magazine a winning entry for a short story that contains four ‘got’s in one paragraph, it makes you wonder why you bother.

What do other writers think?


About angelarigley

Married, with 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Besides writing my books and also the occasional poem or short story, I enjoy reading; singing in my church choir; researching my family tree. especially in the Lake District; flower arranging; bird watching, especially in the Lake District: my favourite place (sorry, I might have already mentioned that); playing Scrabble; Sudokos
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2 Responses to Using certain words

  1. knotrune says:

    I think sometimes there are too many ‘rules’. It’s probably only writers who have read those rules who would notice the word ‘got’, unlike more flowery and unusual words. It reminds me of ‘said’ which some people try not to overuse but most advice I have read recently is that the word ‘said’ is rather invisible and it is more jarring to use alternatives too much. Maybe four uses in one paragraph might be a lot, but it it depends on the individual case. Obviously you can’t share the actual example online though 🙂


  2. angelarigley says:

    I guess you’re right. I rarely use ‘said’ either because that grates on my nerves as well. Lol


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