Use Your Thesaurus with Caution

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As writers, words are our friends. Our best times are when they flow from us with beauty or power. They can sometimes trip us up too though, when we overthink them. A thesaurus can be very helpful when you’re stuck for a good word, or when you want to avoid using the same word excessively in the same paragraph. It can sometimes take a nasty while to create a sentence when there’s only one word available that you can think of to convey what you want to say or project, or when you sort of remember the word you want, but it insists of hovering just south of your thinking mind. That font of awesome wordiness can also be a problem when overused. It’s not only adverb overuse that can get you in trouble, but also the use of too many big, flowery, or misinterpreted words sometimes. Some writers avoid…

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7 thoughts on “Use Your Thesaurus with Caution

  1. I’m doing the ‘final’ edit of my book, and I’m catching more ‘thats,’ ‘ly’ adverbs, and flowery words that Susan and Jo talk about. Because we use them so readily when speaking, they’re not easy to spot in our text. Another reason for a good editor! “Much better she said than she expostulated.” Not sure why, but this cracked me up. I laughed so hard, I cried. Maybe I’m just tired 🙂

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  2. This one made me smile because of several personal incidents. I understand quite well your meaning 😉 Thank you for posting this a) for bringing up some wonderful memories, and b) for reminding me NOT to make previous mistakes if at all possible.

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