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October 20th, 2018

Word of the Day 10/20/18 Concise

Concise (adjective)
con·cise [kuhn-sahys]
(previously 04-19-13)

1. expressing or covering much in few words; brief in form but comprehensive in scope; succinct; terse: a concise explanation of the company's retirement plan.

Related Words for concise
terse, pithy, succinct, brief, compact, compendious, condensed, curt, epigrammatic, laconic, lean, meaty, summary, abridged, compressed, synoptic

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
pithy, compendious, laconic.

Synonym Study
Concise, succinct, terse all refer to speech or writing that uses few words to say much. Concise usually implies that unnecessary details or verbiage have been eliminated from a more wordy statement: a concise summary of the speech. Succinct on the other hand, implies that the message is as originally composed and is expressed in as few words as possible: a succinct statement of the problem. Terse sometimes suggests brevity combined with wit or polish to produce particularly effective expression: a terse, almost aphoristic, style. It may also suggest brusqueness or curtness: a terse reply that was almost rude.

Origin: 1580–90; < Latin concisus cut short (past participle of concidere ), equivalent to con- con- + -cid- (combining form of caedere to cut) + -tus past participle ending

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.

Daily Count goes to Candream

I'm passing this on before I forget to. I got over two hundred words with the round robin, which I'll gladly take since today was a work day.
I'm handing the torch to Candream. I know you'll kick butt.
Original Fic Challenge: Write A Story About A First for a Character

Original Fic Tip: Build Your Setting Around Your Character's Point of View

Today's tip is about how to ensure a setting is tied to a character's Point of View and comes from this article.

Masterful setting description teaches us an important lesson: writers need to take the time to paint enough of a sensory-rich picture in order for readers to feel they are there—or at very least, get a glimpse of how the setting feels and looks to the POV (Point of View) character.

..When you are in POV and you describe a tree, you are not giving dry statistics about that tree; you are sharing what that character notices when looking at that tree. And the way that tree is described has to:

1. fit the character’s personality, vocabulary, background, and education (you can’t have an educated character describe the tree the way a botanist would);

2. fit the character’s mood at that moment (the choice of phrasing and adjectives, as well as the aspects of the tree noticed, has to reveal, mirror, or imply the mind-set);

3. and help set the tone of the scene.

I’m often asked how much sensory detail should be put in a description...If pressed to give a general answer to the question of amount, I would say this: Choose 2-3 senses in describing setting, then come up with at least 3-4 masterful sentences that showcase those sensory details. Make them details that help paint that picture for the reader

Now go forth and write!


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