Are 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 Dictionary.com 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
I 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.
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.”
Pinterest 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.
Start 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:
- Use the Dictionary or Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com to find words that have the same meaning.
- Sometimes the English language is confusing so make sure you are using the correct word.
- When you do find a new word to use, is it a word that you would normally use or start using in the future?
- 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.
- 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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