After proofing through my rough drafts of short stories I came across a word problem. Or I should clarify and say "many word problems that conflict with the language of the story". To sum it up in quick sentences I have an issue between my words and the thesaurus. An example would be worlds like exciting, good, bad, like, walked etc. I have tried methods like looking up these words and finding similar words that a character might use instead. However when speaking in third person, creating the language and usage of words becomes a process of trying not to detach my voice. How do you go by this? I have been given suggestions on writing and when proof reading going back and upgrading from there or practicing my vocabulary and keep my own thesaurus of words that I want to use or ones that I personally like. My second question would be how do you not overuse words?