When You Don’t Know What Word to Use

There are times when a writer does not know what word best communicates an emotion, an action, or a description. The answer is to visit a thesaurus. There are several kind. One probably exists in your word processing software. They also come in book form and on-line. I use both. Simply type thesaurus into your search engine. For example, I wanted another word for uncomfortable. I looked it up in my thesaurus and found twenty other words ranging from painful, difficult, to unnerving. Varying your words adds flavor to your writing. Thus, I often use a Spanish word to render deeper meaning. Here is an exercise: Write two sentences with the word modern without using the word modern. Here is a link to make it easier: http://www.thesaurus.com/


One thought on “When You Don’t Know What Word to Use

  1. I was at a friends funeral this past week. Judy was a great poet. She wrote all the time. At her services the grandchildren picked out some of her poems that she wrote about them. Something that they had done or an event that had happened. You could tell right away the point of view. It was amazing to hear her grandchildren read about something that was so special to Ms. Judy that she had to write it down. I am starting to understand the importance of writing if only for yourself. It may leave a lasting impression on someone after your gone from this life. I have been blessed in so many ways by the writings of others. Thank you Irene for the encouragement to write. I think I’ll start a daily diary. It’s a start.

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