If you haven’t looked through a Thesaurus in a while, now would be a good time to pick one up and flip through the pages. Think of the words you find yourself using most often in your writing and look them up. Check out the synonyms that are listed under those words that have a similar meaning, but give you a new way to express your thoughts. This will make it easier for you to think of these alternate words when you are working on your manuscript.
Also pay attention to the antonyms, which mean the opposite of the word you originally looked up. This will help when you need a word that is in contrast to what you already used in your writing. Just reading through the synonyms and antonyms will wake up your brain and get you thinking in a new way, in order to improve your vocabulary and engage your readers.
Finally, keep your Thesaurus nearby when you are writing. If you catch yourself repeating a word and in need of a fresh one, you can easily refer to your Thesaurus and pick the one that will work best for your situation. It will save you time, since you will no longer be stuck on the same sentence and you can keep your ideas flowing from one page to the next.
If you don’t have a hard copy, most word processing programs have a Thesaurus function built in. You can also access the Thesaurus at http://www.thesaurus.com/ if that works best for you.
And don’t forget to say thank you to Mr. Roget for creating one of the best friends a writer can have. We all owe a debt of gratitude to him!
Posted by Marie Cauley
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