You don’t have to be an eloquent writer or use big words just to make a statement. Even simple expressions can work their magic.
Consider the following example:
Tom looked at Sharon and sat down. She sat down next to him and looked at the scar on her hand.
The verbs looked and sat repeat. They tell the reader what happened, but the writing isn’t very interesting. The repetition may not seem so bad here, but imagine a whole book where words are constantly repeated.
Here’s the same example where new words have been introduced to avoid repetition.
Tom glanced at Sharon and sat by the fire. She sank down next to him and studied the scar on her hand.
Note that the verbs are different now. The phrasing is simplistic, yet not repetitive.
Another way to avoid repetition is to spice up the writing by choosing verbs that add emotion.
Tom stared at Sharon and lounged by the fire. She dropped down next to him and picked at the scar on her hand.
In this example, Tom is engrossed by Sharon (stared) and pretending to be at ease (lounged), but probably not. Sharon is experiencing fatigue or emotional turmoil (dropped down) and nervousness at being near him (picked at).
Think about what words you use when you write. Remember, you always have choice. By choosing more interesting verbs, you’ve added a layer of emotion, curiosity, or intrigue to the story that wasn’t previously there.