This blog, as if you couldn’t tell due to the outdated title name, is about the diction in writing pieces. Diction is very important to the final product of the book.
First and foremost, it provides the reader with evidence of the setting. If the diction is outdated or contains allegories to once famous or important things, then the story is obviously from the past. Also, the references to the famous things provide where exactly the story is taking place (if the author doesn’t come right out and say the place). For example, if someone mentioned the Statue of Liberty, New York is being talked about.
The diction is prevalent in the reader’s ideas regarding the characters. If the dialogue is, once again, outdated, then the character is from an older time period. If the dialogue supports the belief that the character possesses an accent, it provides the reader with the theoretically origin of that character. If the character’s accent seems to be poorly constructed, then it makes the reader second guess the authenticity of the character’s origin. Therefore, be specifically consistent when creating the dialogue.
As I mentioned a few blogs before this, diction in children’s books are incredibly important. You have to write the children’s book so the average children can actually read the book and grasp the concepts. If the children can’t read the book without getting extremely frustrated, then I can personally guarantee that book is going to get on the shelf of some deteriorating thrift shop and stay there until it is burned for warmth. If you only use one or two words that the children can’t grasp, then that’s permissible but I would advise to use simpler synonyms if at all possible. You want to the children to learn something from your book, besides just what certain words mean.
The diction provides the reader with the tone of the writing piece as well. This sets the mood for the entire book, and it must stay absolutely consistent. Don’t switch from third person to first person unless acknowledging that you’re actually speaking from various viewpoints. The tone in the beginning of the book should be the same as the tone in the middle and end. Without the consistent tone, aspects of your book will be lost to the reader. Some things that you may want to be taken very seriously may come off as comical, and vice versa.
Therefore, proofread as much as you can in order to maintain proper diction throughout your writing piece. It’s such a drastic aspect of the piece and affects everything that goes on within the plot.