Dark Fiction Shines with Bright Writing
When writing dark, intense fiction—or even likewise nonfiction—help your reader pull out of the darkness once in a while with a word designed to break the tension. Make them stop reading and peer intently at …
FULIGINOUS (fyōō lijʹɘ nɘs)) adj. – 1) full of smoke or soot; 2 dark, dusky. [WW #204]
And perhaps another literary term for a smokescreen! Fuliginous is a fun word for fiction writers. If you have a crime-solving character, for instance, who is rather pompous and/or exceptionally learned and wordy, fuliginous plays right into his or her affected vocabulary.
Example: Thurman peered up into the old fireplace chimney. “The house may be old and dilapidated, but this fuliginous fireplace has seen recent use. It’s unlikely the murderer entered this way.”
Word Challenge: FULIGINOUS.as your characters develop their personalized vocabulary, and fit fuliginous into your week of creative writing.
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Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle)
LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series about pioneering R&R Radio DJs. The true behind-the-mic tales make GREAT Holiday Gifts available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!