How To Stop Using The Same Words

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HowToStopUsingTheSameWordsAre You In a Writing Rut?

As writers sometimes we find ourselves in a “writing rut” like life. We use the same words over and over. We go through our day the same way (coffee, shower, work) and the same every evening (home from work, dinner and TV).

Writing should be your voice and you should write exactly how you talk to people when you are face to face.

Do you find yourself using the same words again and again?

With the use of a thesaurus you can find words to make the changes and search for others.

Be choosy in finding new words because you don’t want to write with words that “you would never use” in your daily speech.

You Don’t Want To Sound Like A Dictionary Or A Thesaurus.

Using a thesaurus, looking for a new word for “very down to earth” there is an alternative like “commonsensical” BUT it’s not me; not a word I’d use. In fact, I’ve never heard of the word commonsensical before.

According to the definition of “commonsensical” is; sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence or very down to earth.

Write Using Your Own Voice

HowToStopUsingTheSameWords2I write like I’m talking to a friend while having a cup of coffee at the kitchen table. My writing is very down to earth and simple but it serves me well. I’ve had people say I have a unique way of expressing myself with my writing.

This sentence I wrote “My writing is very down to earth and simple” could be better said if I made the change like natural, real, sensible or simple.

For example, re-writing this sentence would sound better this way: My writing is real and down to earth. Click To Tweet

Some say using the word “very” is lazy. I would agree with that, because it is lazy to use very all the time. Be open to learning new words and increasing your writing vocabulary.

I found a few pins at Pinterest that gives you different words that you can use to replace some over-used words but make sure the word(s) you choose are “you.”

HowToStopUsingTheSameWords3Pinterest Is A Treasure Trove of Words and Ideas

The Pinterest board title is: Words To Use Instead Of… 

Feel free to share on my Pinterest board any graphics you have that shows different words with similar meanings.

Another easy way to check the grammar in your writing is; The Hemingway Editor which is free for the online version.

There is a paid version (non Aff.) that you can download to your computer and still use if you find yourself without internet connection.

Grammarly is another tool for checking grammar.  It’s also a plagiarism checker and proofreader. Grammarly can be added as an extension to your Chrome browser for free.

There is also a paid version Grammarly (Aff.) 

I will be doing a more in depth review of The Hemingway Editor and Grammarly in the next few days.

HappyNewYear2018Start The New Year of 2018 By Taking Action

The new year of 2018 gives each and every one of us a brand new start in reaching our dreams.

I know, I know this sounds “cliche” but if you don’t do it now, you’ll wonder about it in the future.

“What could I have achieved if I’d just taken action at the beginning of 2018, rather than just thinking about it and doing nothing?”


So Let’s Do A Short Review:

  1. Use the Dictionary or and to find words that have the same meaning.
  2. Sometimes the English language is confusing so make sure you are using the correct word.
  3. When you do find a new word to use, is it a word that you would normally use or start using in the future?
  4. Be certain that your writing is “YOU.” Use your own voice when you write. Read it out loud to yourself to see how it sounds.
  5. Take action in 2018. Don’t sit and think about what you might be able to do. “DO IT!” and keep doing something until it works. 

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I have been writing in journals, diaries, poems and creating short stories since my teen years. Writing became a way to release the never-ending ideas, thoughts and sentences that rambled around in my mind; waiting to find a place in a story.

Comments (4)

  1. John R Dyhouse

    As a song writer/poet I often find I need to use different words for reasons of meter/number of syllables, etc. However there is no reason why any writer should not be aware of opportunities for using words which may not be very familiar to them. And it does increase one’s voabulary, which is no handicap.

    Some great advice above and easy to use and improve your writing.

    • Hi John and thank you for visiting and commenting. I believe anyone that creates with words, such as songs or stories always needs to expand their vocabulary.

  2. Hi Monna,

    I agree we sometimes get lazy and use our “go to” words instead of reaching out for others. It is good to look for other words to enhance our posts and writing style. I’ll be checking out your references to see what I can find. Thanks again.

    • Hi Brenda, You are right; we all do it. I have to read mine more carefully now than I used to but I’m aware of it. The infographics on the Pinterest board I created does have some interesting information on a lot of different words.

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