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Ditch Your Thesaurus: A Writing Tip from Stephen King


While perusing Lifehacker, I stumbled across an article that was a call to action from the ever great writer Stephen King.

Put away your dictionary, your encyclopedias, your World Almanac, and your thesaurus. Better yet, throw your thesaurus into the wastebasket,” he advises.

Now, I’m quite the fan of my thesaurus. The synonym tool in Microsoft Word is my best friend. I like learning and using new words! However, breaking your flow to replace a word can be detrimental to your writing, according to King. He says to fix it later; it’s not going anywhere.

Get the rest of the quote here.