Writing Tip: Substituting Words

photo-15One should never write without a Thesaurus. A writer should try to refrain from overused words like sad, happy, good etc. When you do find a synonym, be sure to double check the definition to make sure it’s meaning has not changed to reflect the way you want to use it in your writing. Pick words that don’t fall flat on the page. Read your words out loud to hear the emphasis they have. Here are a few substitutions for some common words you can use:


Happy – ecstatic, thrilled, elated, joyful, delighted.


Made – assembled, fabricated, forged, produced, generated.


Bad – wicked, unpleasant, awful, dreadful, wretched.


Want – crave, ache, require, cover, prefer.


Scared – horrified, fearful, petrified, frightened, alarmed.


Love – devotion, passion, fondness, affection, infatuation.


Walked – hiked, sauntered, trotted, strolled, crept.


Play – frolic, cavort, dally, carouse, romp.


Big – tremendous, massive, colossal, hefty, gigantic.


Mad – distraught, resentful, furious, agitated, livid.


20161107_133412-2Written by: Donna J. Sanders

Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, Devour Me and Charcoal Kisses.

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