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Writing Tip: Synonyms

Posted by , in Writing Tips 12 April 2012 · 5,802 views

Writing Tip



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!