Don’t ask me why, but I was flipping through a book entitled. The Dictionary of Difficult and Unusual Words: Over 10,000 Confusing Terms Explained. I like to learn new words while seeing how many I actually know. Words are all that most writers have – and when coupled with ideas, fantasies, and experiences – a writer can launch a powerful book. But in flipping through the 500-page book, I realized that authors need to know so much in order to write realistically and intelligently. In an era of information explosion, what really is important for authors to know?
This book broke down life into eight broad areas:
· The Arts
· Physical World
· The Sciences
· Sports and Leisure
The interesting words presented were far ranging, from femme fatale and haute cuisine, to pneumonectomy and neo-Platonism.
Any knowledge that writers acquire can come in handy, no matter how odd or seemingly rare it may be. Same goes for one’s vocabulary. What we know is what we tend to write about. Know more words and things and you will be able to cover more ground in your writing.
We may think our learning days come to an end in school. That was just the prologue to a lifetime of constant learning – even re-learning – all that the world has to offer. It is amazing how many specialties or fields of study exist. We each need to at least be aware of these things – and then to be prepared to go in-depth in several areas.
Having broad knowledge or a bigger vocabulary is not only an asset in writing books but it is also helpful when marketing your book. Those who are curious and forever seeking will continue to grow as writers. Once you think you know everything, you have stopped looking and are no longer growing.
We can learn from other areas of life – other fields, different cultures, and varied approaches to life.
Consider taking any and all of these steps:
· Make an effort to engage what’s other to you.
· Keep asking questions.
· Read books on subjects you don’t normally explore.
· Learn a few new words every day.
· Talk to someone not like yourself.
· Be open to opposing viewpoints.
· Visit parts of the city you have never explored.
· Laugh at the serious; get serious at that which you joke about.
Remember, you know of only a tiny fraction of what this world has to offer – its people, places, foods, cultures, history, and views. Keep exposing yourself to more – your writing, will expand with it.
Brian Feinblum, the founder of this award-winning blog, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org He is available to help authors promote their story, sell their book, and grow their brand. He has 30 years of experience in successfully helping thousands of authors in all genres.
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Brian Feinblum should be followed on Twitter @theprexpert. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2022. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent. This blog, with over 4,000 posts over the past decade, was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and two jobs at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Susan RoAne, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America, and has spoken at ASJA, IBPA, Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. He has been featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald. For more information, please consult: linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum.