I’ve been having an almond croissant craving recently. And I’m picky about my croissants. They need to be flaky and not too crispy on the outside. I also like them with plenty of almond paste filling and a dusting of powdered sugar on top.
Maybe I want a croissant because I’m in the middle of edits. I’m in my revisions cave attempting to incorporate comments from an editorial letter. This is for book two in the L.A. Night Market Mysteries.
Hot Pot Murder is next in the series. It’s releasing this coming spring, and you better believe there’s a lot of food references, including hot pot!
My search for the perfect croissant is currently paralleling my search for the perfect word.
Looking over my manuscript, I’m discovering that my vocab issues can be split into four categories:
1. The Right Word
This is when I need to change the word and use the actual one needed. (Example: “His feet were stuck in shoes” versus “His feet were stuffed into shoes”)
2. The Better Word
A more appropriate word is needed in the sentence. (Example: “He wrote tantalizing” to “He wrote entertaining”) Thank goodness I didn’t say he wrote stuff that was titillating!
3. The Familiar Synonym
I throw in food mentions in my book, like this one from a scene at a Vietnamese restaurant: spring rolls. But is that spring rolls like egg rolls? Or fresh spring rolls? Or are they known as summer rolls? These are the cold rolls filled with vegetables and wrapped in rice paper. (Which term would you choose?)
4. The Unknown Word
There’s a character in my story that has a haircut, where the sides are half-shaved. I didn’t want to write the description out, so I shortened it to half-shaven hair. Then my editor was confused about whether it was head hair or beard hair. Oops. (Apparently, this haircut is also known as an undercut, which is a term I’d never heard of until I did some research.)
Here’s hoping I revise my manuscript well and swap in words that, if not exactly perfect, enhance and fit the story better. Maybe I can even reward myself with a croissant after I’m all done.
What’s your latest food craving or (im)perfect word choice?