There are a lot of tools that writers need or want in order to make their work as a writer easier.
However, if I had to recommend only one tool that a writer should have, it would be a thesaurus.
Why? Because having a thesaurus handy will help you make better word choices, will help you from becoming repetitive, and it will even help you improve your vocabulary.
When you are having a difficult time putting words together while you write, or don’t like the sound of a particular word, browsing through the thesaurus will give you other words that you may not have thought of on your own.
Seriously, when I went back to finish my college degree, and had to write tons of papers and essays, the thesaurus and I became great friends. LOL! It was particularly helpful in finding a variation of transition words to use between sentences and paragraphs and in choosing more sophisticated or academic ways of saying certain things.
Which thesaurus should I use?
Personally, I use several different ones because, surprisingly, sometimes one thesaurus gives words that are not listed in the others. I use a hard copy of the Merriam-Webster thesaurus (aff), and several online versions:
If you don’t already, I highly recommend that you start using a thesaurus. I can almost guarantee that it will make a huge difference – for the better – in your writing.
Now, I have a question for you, what is YOUR number one writing tool that you can’t live without? Do share it in the comments!
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