Friday, February 26, 2010

A Writer's Best Friend

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."



Stacey Espino said...

Sounds good. My MS Word thesaurus is very limited, but still invaluable.

GPS said...

Stacey, this book has 1,500,000 words. It's been a great help.

Riley Quinn said...

I love, love, love this book. It sits on my desk always, in easy reach, though I admit it's usually during revisions that I mostly use it. When I'm writing, I'm just trying to get the words out, then I can fix it up real pretty afterwards.

GPS said...

I trying to get into that habit. I waste too much time editing as I go along. I did NaNoWriMo last yr. and that helped.

Maeve said...

Great post! I've got a Thesaurus but I think I'm gonna add this to my library as well. Thanks for the tip.

Rachel Lynne said...

I use it and an online dictionary/thesaurus. Can never have too many resources :)

Denise said...

I LOVE my Thesaurus, but occasionally, I feel it may be a little less intuitive than I'd like. I'll have to give this one a try. Thanks for posting this.