I bet you know that writing style is one of the most important characteristics of any literature work. Why read emotionless and gray opuses if there are hundreds and thousands of books that worth your time?
Today, I want to delve into the issue of expressiveness, and I hope you’ll be able to use my observations to the full advantage.
It is no secret that fiction style is quite different from business, journalistic, and any other. And these differences lie not only in the depth of vocabulary but also a large number of words that bring emotions. In this regard, fiction writing style resembles conversational speech, but what is permissible in the latter may not always apply to the literary work.
Besides words are referred to the concept, they also reflect the attitude of the speaker towards it.
Although an "emotional vocabulary" often suggests a certain assessment, it may be free of it (for example, interjections "Wow!" "Oh" etc.). On the other hand, words, where assessment is the lexical meaning, may not relate to the emotional vocabulary (for example, "good"). In the last case, the assessment is rather intellectual and logical than emotional.
The main feature of the emotional vocabulary is still the fact of imposing emotions on the lexical meaning of the word; that is expressing the attitude of the speaker to the phenomenon.
All words can be conditionally allocated into the next two big groups:
In fiction literature, the number of emotional words often exceeds the number of neutral words. Also, a neutral word can have several synonyms different in degree of emotional stress (for example, "misfortune – disaster").
Expressiveness is typical for many words and can take the form of positive or negative assessment. Moreover, it’s often superimposed on the emotional and evaluative meaning of the word. Of course, the emotional degree of a word depends on its meaning, especially when used as a metaphor.
But the main factor that determines the expressiveness is the context. It brings additional shades and sometimes can completely turn over the meaning.
Summing up all the above, I can safely say that by changing an emotional degree, you can play on the state of the reader. And, of course, you’re free to choose a set of linguistic tools depending on your needs.
The proper use of expressive speech is one of the most important nuances that form a personal writing style. I believe that the ability to play on words and thereby on the mood of the reader in many respects distinguish young authors unable to feel the context from pen wizards able to masterfully change the emotional angle.
I wish you all the best in your writing endeavors!
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