The Question Mark Strikes Again–Word Usage
In preparing my submission for critique at the writing conference, I am searching for all the “(?)” notes in my story. I find this is a handy way to avoid breaking my flow as I write. For example, is “iridescent” the word I want here? Add a “(?)” note and come back to it later. I spent a good chunk of the morning with my dictionary, checking my word usage. However, I don’t always know when to question my usage (homonyms and synonyms). That’s when a good English-major friend (or a well-read grandmother) comes in handy. For example, principle and principal, counselor and councilor, capitol and capital.
Wait, so if it’s a building, it’s a capitol, but if it’s a city, it’s a capital? I’m confused . . .