9 Of The Most Useful Thesauruses For Writers

Throw out the term “thesaurus words,” and you’ll probably get some side-eye from writers who see the thesaurus as a crutch for amateur writers trying to make their writing sound more sophisticated. 

But a thesaurus can help you find the right words for your project — the ones that say what you need to say, just the way you need to say it.

The words every writer should know, after all, are the words they need to tell a compelling story or to get their point across with clarity, simplicity, and elegance. 

So, the best thesaurus for writers is the one that helps them find those words as efficiently as possible, so they can get back to the business of writing. 

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15 Common Grammar Mistakes That Kill Your Writing Credibility

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I love to write, but I’m not so crazy about grammar.

Learning about words that dangle, split, and get misplaced isn’t my idea of fun.

However, as an English major in college, I had it drilled into my head that poor grammar revealed laziness and a lack of respect for the reader.

It’s the literary form of bad manners and exposes the writer as someone who isn’t serious about the craft.

If you’re an author, particularly a self-published author, you need to do everything possible to win your readers’ hearts and minds.

When they are distracted by grammatical errors or confused by the meaning of a sentence, they aren’t likely to buy your next book — or finish the one they are reading.

As tedious as grammar may be to those of us who just want to write, it is well worth a few minutes of your time to refresh the basics and make sure you don’t fall into one of the problematic grammar traps.

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37 Words of Diction To Use In Your Writing

When was the last time a reader asked you about the diction you’re using in your current work in progress? 

Yeah, me neither. 

Most people ask about the characters, the plot, maybe the theme. Maybe. But diction doesn’t come up often in friendly conversations about books. 

Considering how important it is, though, maybe it should. 

And considering the types of diction you have to choose from (it’s not just a question of formal vs. informal), I’m glad you’re here to learn more about it.

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How Long Should A Short Story Be?

Writing a new short story piece? Find out about different types of short fiction and how long each of them should be.

How long can a story be before it’s no longer a short story?

Or what’s the maximum short story length for flash fiction?

If you’re a fiction writer, you’re already familiar with the distinction between short stories, novellas, and novels.

But now that short stories themselves have sub-species of different lengths, how do you know which is which?

Do those stories you see in your Twitter feed from fellow writers qualify as short stories?

In other words, if there’s a maximum length for a short story, is there also a minimum one?

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Do You Know The Difference Between A Hyphen And A Dash? Here’s Your Go-To Guide 

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Do you know the difference between a hyphen and a dash?

Or between an en dash and an em dash

(Who even came up with the en dash as a separate thing?)

Even if you’re pretty sure of the difference between all three, sometimes it helps to read a clear overview of what sets these marks apart — and which one goes where. 

By the time you read this post, you’ll be a hyphen vs. dash expert. 

Prepare yourself. 

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All You Need To Know About Writing A Book Epigraph + Examples

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You’ve run across epigraphs that made you smile — and some that sent a chill up your spine. 

You have some idea of what it is, but what purpose does an epigraph serve

You’ve felt the words of a well-chosen epigraph draw you in immediately, setting a specific mood, foreshadowing elements of a story, or hinting at a theme.

How do you create the same magic for your book? 

Read on to find out. 

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What Is An Appendix And How To Write One For Your Book

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You’ve got some great content you want to add to your book.

But you’re not sure if including it in the main body of your work is a good idea. 

Though it’s helpful and interesting (at least to you), it would interrupt the flow of the chapter it supports.

Plus, it’s not essential for understanding your book.

But it does add something you think is pretty special. 

So, you’re thinking, “Is this appendix material?”

Read on to find out. 

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