As I pulled out The Synonym Finder for the umpteenth time yesterday, I thought about an article I wrote a while back for EzineArticles called A Book Reviewer's Best Friend - The Synonym Finder.
I wrote - "Whether you're writing a novel, a non-fiction article or a book review you want to make your point and keep the reader's interest. Using the same hackneyed expressions is one sure way to lose them. Unfortunately, that happens a lot in book reviews. The same words keep turning up time after time.
Grab a copy of J.I. Rodale's The Synonym Finder. Look up the word intriguing and you'll find: interesting, absorbing, appealing, fascinating, stimulating, arousing, stirring, exciting, beguiling, diverting, charming, captivating, seductive, engaging, inviting and winning."
At the time, I was thinking mostly about book reviews but I find I'm using The Synonym Finder more than ever. If you write, you know how agonizing it can be to find the right word, the one that delivers the exact meaning you want to convey.
"If you do any kind of writing, this book, or a thesaurus, is absolutely vital, indispensible, essential, compulsory and a necessity."