Choosing the right words is so important - not just in getting across a point or describing an image, but in actually creating the right sort of atmosphere.
Take H.P Lovecraft for example: his protagonists invariably find themselves
out and about under a gibbous moon.
Not a boring old crescent moon or a full moon, you note, but a gibbous one.
It's not necessary to look up the definition in the dictionary: it's the very sound and look of the word which does the job in setting the scene, rather than knowing the moon phase referred to.
Already you can feel the goosebumps starting.
And before long, you've really got the willies when the hero bumps into one of the local peasants who is sure to have a squamous appearance ...
What are your favourite words or turns of phrase?
Not as scary as HPL ... but might raise a hackle or two ...
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