Great advice. I know I do this when I write as well.
I find that using a thesaurus when I write is extremely helpful. I vary in my search between a right click in my Word document, internet search, and picking up one of the three printed copies I own. This method is helpful because my vocabulary is lacking for someone who wants writing to be a profession and I suffer from that thing where you can’t recall the word you need, even if you know it, that often results in me describing everyday objects to my husband who then has to interpret what I’m trying to say. There’s a word for it, but I can’t recall. I have always endeavored to push through my technical and mechanical shortcomings with writing and to make up for them in genuine passion for storytelling.
But there is a trick to using a thesaurus that started from my genuine insecurity in my own understanding, but…
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