Sunday, August 6, 2017

THESAURUS: DEVIL BOOK - YEA OR NAY? BY TERRI DELCAMPO





http://www.writenowwithterridelcampo.blogspot.com/2016/02/thesaurus-devil-book-yea-or-nay.html
Tips on thesaurus use from Terri DelCampo on her Write Now with Terri DelCampo blog:


"As with chocolate brownies, moderation and discipline is the key when using a thesaurus.  I know there are writers giving tips everywhere saying that the thesaurus should never be cracked, but I disagree. 

First, you can learn a lot from a thesaurus on the expand-your-vocabulary horizon.  However, the thesaurus should be an editing tool more than a writing tool.  Write the story using words you absolutely know.  If there are words you use that you are not one hundred percent certain about, look up their synonyms in a thesaurus first, to give you context.  But then, look up the specific definitions for the word and its synonyms in a dictionary to be certain.  Even then, if you look up the synonym you plan to use, and the definition is the less common one, chances are it might not be correct in your story. 

For example, the matriarch in my fictitious town of Owl's Nest is a witch, and I wanted to find synonyms for the word witch because it comes up in my stories a lot."
There are some useful tips that might help you out.
Blaze McRob

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