Pssst, fellow author. Here’s a thing I’ve learned about writing. Strive to use precise nouns. It will improve your prose. Make certain those nouns fit not only the setting, but the motif and mood you’re trying to capture in a scene. What ever do I mean? Here’s an example:
Poor nouning: Theresa pulled a wad of clothes from the desk and dumped them on the coverlet.
The above is fine, but imprecise in a couple of loose ways. It fails to let me know what sort of clothes Theresa is digging out. It could hint at the time period and Theresa’s mood, but it doesn’t.
Better nouning: Theresa pulled a set of baby jumpers from the bureau, the hooded sort Mother preferred whenever she took Kevin for a stroll on Sundays, and flung them onto the duvet with an enraged little huff.
This one’s better because the reader comes away knowing more about Theresa, her mood, her nationality (likely British), and maybe a little something about her relationship with her mother. Obviously, the main verb changed as well, from dumped to flung, so we can take a lesson here about better verbing too.
Apply better nouning to your every sentence and paragraph. It will strengthen your prose.
— david j.