Thursday, January 16, 2014

To Thesaurusize or not to Thesaurusize that is the question


No it’s not a real word. I just made it up.
I love my Thesaurus. It’s falling apart but I refuse to buy a new one because I can’t find one that measures up.

I understand that there are two schools of thought on using this magnificent tool. Who knew?
I’ve never believed that it is a bad thing to ask for help. 

Sometimes, when I’m working on a story, I find that I just can’t zero in on the right word, or I have used the same word/phrase fifty thousand times (because it’s the way I talk.)
I turn to my trusty writer’s toolbox and take out my well worn friend who always knows just what to say. No sin in that right?

Meg Rosoff says,

So I’m wondering, how many of you out there use a thesaurus when you write? Can you say the word thesaurus three times fast? Just kidding.

One more thing, Stephen King has been quoted as saying:
“Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.”
Sorry Mr. King, I disagree, differ, contest and oppose.

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