Thesaurus – No, it’s not a dinosaur!
Although it sounds like an animal from the Jurassic age, a Thesaurus is a book that lists words in groups of synonyms and related concepts. The book we know as a Thesaurus, gets it’s name from the Greek word thēsauros, which means “storehouse, treasure.”
A Thesaurus is often one of the most undervalued books in a writer’s library of tools. To communicate with our audience of readers, we need to use any legitimate aid to help improve our literary product.
Compile related terms
Compile a list of words that relate to your subject or theme before you begin writing. This will give you a good start and help prevent writers block.
Access words that move
You can also access slang items, Colloquialisms, foreign phrases that may move your writing along.
Use appropriate words
When using a Thesaurus, Slow down. Read the entire list of words slowly and out loud, replacing them one-by-one in your sentences. By doing this, you are more likely to pick the most appropriate word for your writing.
Rory C. Keel