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?