Editing, Writing

Word Wednesday: Reverberated

Today’s word is “reverberated”. I’ve always liked that word. I’m not sure when I first read it, but I’ve always been fascinated by it. Here’s a simple dictionary definition:

1. To resound in a succession of echoes; reecho.
2. To have a prolonged or continuing effect: Those talks with his teacher reverberated throughout his life.
3. To be repeatedly reflected, as sound waves, heat, or light.
4. To be forced or driven back; recoil or rebound.
1. To reecho (a sound). See Synonyms at echo.
2. To reflect (heat or light) repeatedly.
3. To drive or force back; repel.
4. To subject (a metal, for example) to treatment in a reverberatory furnace.


I’ll be honest. The definition that I find most compelling is the one that deals with the sound – the echo that repeats itself in a continuous, reflecting pattern. It makes me think of screams echoing through a dark cave (I know. That’s a gruesome image) or children’s laughter echoing through empty school hallways (that’s a better image, right?).

So why did I pick this particular word today? Simple. I had occasion to use the word “reverberate” in the novelette I’m currently writing and trying to expand into a novel (or at least a novella). Now, to my knowledge, I’ve not used that word very much before in my writing. I’ve always liked it, but I never have used it (that I can remember). I’m thrilled to say now that I have…and I hope that I’ve done it justice. Here’s a brief, teasing excerpt showing how I used the word:

“Mom, I can’t do this.” The spoken words reverberated throughout the empty apartment. 

Okay. I admit it. I am ridiculously proud of myself for being able to throw that word in there and have it add so much depth of emotion into my little romance story, Believe in MeAs the book now stands, it is a “complete” story, but at least one of the people who reviewed it told me that they felt it was missing something (due, quite possibly, to the fact that it is so short. So I’ve decided to try and expand it to fill out what is most likely missing. I hope I do it the right way…especially since I’ve decided to feature that book as part of the  uber-cool First Love Blog Hop and Giveaway!

This blog hop starts in exactly six days, which means I basically have five (at the most) to get the book into top shape. No pressure, right? As part of the blog hop, I will be giving away copies…and I’ll hopefully be featured on other authors’ blogs to help promote it. The goal of this is (of course) to increase sales, but also to increase book reviews, since reviews can make or break a book. That’s why I want Believe in Me to be as absolutely spectacular as I know it can be. That way people who read it will be more inclined to give it a great review! 🙂

So, if you want to see more of Believe in Me, stay tuned to this blog…or follow along on the blog hop’s main site. It should be an interesting ride! And perhaps the applause and accolades generated by the new and improved book will reverberate throughout cyber space? I know, I’m grasping here. I just couldn’t resist!

Now I want to know: What’s one of your favorite words? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

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