Saturday, February 10, 2018

How Writers Find The Right Words

What is it that separates one writer from another?


Yes, the basic building block to our books – words – are what make authors unique.  So what’s a great resource for writers?  Try Roget’s Thesaurus of Words for Writers:  Over 2,300 Emotive, Evocative, Descriptive, Synonyms, Antonyms, and Related Terms by David Olsen, Micheal Bellacqua, Justin Cord Hayes/and Robert Bly.

“The object of Roget’s Thesaurus of Words for Writers is not only to give you an array of terms related to common words; unlike a standard thesaurus, it’s also intended to show you how these words are used in sentences, whether made-up examples or quotations from well-known sources, says the books introduction.  “The words selected here are ones we use as writers:  expressive, nuanced, and creative – as well as a bit unusual.”

Sometimes, as writers and wordsmiths, we forget that we need a tune-up when it comes to reacquainting ourselves with words and handy substitutes for overly used ones.  Are you feeling bumptious?  Do you want to bloviate?  Or do you want to prescrind your thoughts on any of this?

“For the most part,” adds the introduction, “the words we use are formed by who we are.  Our vocabulary grows and is shaped by our interactions with family and friends, by our education, and by the books we read.  The broader your erudition, the more versatile will be your word usage.  As well, your writing will grow stronger, and your words will have more power to more of your readers.”

Whether you’re crafting the next best-seller, writing an article, there will eventually come a time when you struggle for the right word or you instinctively seek to craft he ideal phrase. By consulting a thesaurus, especially one that is prepared for writers, you will accelerate at your art.

We all need a vocabulary booster.  Don’t forget to pepper your writings with words like insouciant, perfunctory, languid, euphony, malapropism, raconteur, abecedarian, farouche, and quiescent.  Most of all, study up on writing-related words, including: verbose, elegy, missive, verbiage, verse libre, euphemism, indite, limn, paraphrase, and peruse.  Or maybe you need help on words related to language, such as badinage, natter, garrulity, aphasia, and colloquial.

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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by as a "best resource."

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