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TL;DR - Read. Learn. Write. Finish what you write. Never stop repeating the cycle. Reading Reading and writing is a cultural conversation. People write books to say something. Other people read those books and a few of those write books in return. As Rhyous has pointed out in their fine answer, you should read. You want to write books and stories and ...


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Read. Read some more. Then read. Then Read some more. I have read over 200 books on my "Read" list on GoodReads and I haven't even added them all. In comparison, others have read a lot more. Read in English of course. Just read two books a month, and in a year, you will be at 24 books and in 5 years you will have 120 books. The more you fill your mind ...


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It depends what you mean by 'archaic'. For a wider cultural reference to Archaic England, see Harold Bayley's Archaic England. Halliwell's dictionary covers 14th century usage, and is particularly good on dialects. It references other works which you may find useful for other periods. Sweet's work is Anglo-Saxon in focus. There are several region-specific ...


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Word clouds just list the most common words. Any simple word counting tool can spit out a list of words ordered by frequency. A nice tool on the Mac is Word Counter. Using your question as a sample, it outputs a list that you can order by frequency: Word Counter also creates readability statistics and other stuff, not related to your question. Word ...


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Since it is a children's book, you can't use "umber" or "sienna" or complicated color words. (Heck, I still don't know what "khaki" is!) And you said you don't want to use food. That means you need to think of things that 1) are always (roughly) the same color, and 2) are well-known to children. Shades of brown are going to be tough. Random ideas that ...


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There is a lot of, often erotic, fiction that spends quite some time describing the sensual qualities of the surface appearance of people (color, shape, texture, smell, sound). Usually that literature chooses color terms that both describe the color well (we all have a clear image of what chestnut hair looks like) and evoke a pleasant sensual image ...



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