In writing, especially when doing character pieces, you need to watch for repetition. The words used when writing can give clues to accurately express how the character appears or acts depending on what synonym is used. Physical cues are very important when it comes to showing and not telling. However, using the same word repeatedly is boring. Below are a few common actions and examples of synonyms you can use to highlight them in different ways.
Expression: noun-outward appearance, characteristic
Synonyms: bearing, carriage, demeanor, dress, guise, front, manner, guise, presence, pose, sembelance, countenance
Walk: verb-travel by foot
Synonyms: hike, jaunt, march, pace, parade, promenade, ramble, saunter, schlepp, step, stretch, stride, stroll, tour, traipse, tramp, tread, turn
Smile: verb-a happy expression
Synonyms: beam, grin, simper, smirk, look amused
Fight: verb-engage in a physical encounter
Synonyms: box, brawl, battle, scrap, scuffle, tussle, wrangle, wrestle, exchange blows, feud, bicker, duel, quarrel, war
Cry: verb-physical tears and making sad sounds
Synonyms: bawl, bewail, blubber, keen, howl, wail, whimper, shed tears, snivel, sob
Have Sex: verb-physical intercourse
Synonyms: make out, neck, intimacy, coitus, relations, lovemaking, sleeping around
So - give us some good examples of other synonyms by leaving a comment. And if you have any great tips that you want to share with the community, let Trebs or Renee Stevens know!
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