1. Published on Amazon? If you have a book, e-book, or audiobook available on Amazon.com, we'll promote it on WritingForums.org for free. Simply add your book to our Member Publications section. Add your book here or read the full announcement.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice
  1. Smoke Z

    Smoke Z Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2014
    Messages:
    250
    Likes Received:
    36

    Not a thesaurus

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Smoke Z, Apr 22, 2014.

    I'm using wordhippo right now, but strict synonym lists are not cooperative to my needs.

    I'm looking for loose-association wordlists.

    Right now I'm struggling with a prideful person trying to express that he would apologize if they had some privacy.

    Throwing stuff at the thesaurus is giving me very limited results. I've decided that crowded or embarrassed are both the wrong trees to climb.
     
  2. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    19,316
    Likes Received:
    1,018
    Location:
    Coquille, Oregon
    can't help without seeing the sentence you need the word/s for...
     
  3. peachalulu

    peachalulu Contributing Member Reviewer Contributor

    Joined:
    May 20, 2012
    Messages:
    3,866
    Likes Received:
    2,428
    Location:
    occasionally Oz , mainly Canada
    I'd just brainstorm a bit to figure out what you're going for. Jot stuff down for a good five minutes till you can circle in on what you want to say. It might not be a precise word that you want, it could just be a problem of wording the sentence(s) right.
     
  4. jannert

    jannert Contributing Member Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2013
    Messages:
    8,583
    Likes Received:
    8,175
    Location:
    Scotland
    I don't know which Thesaurus you use, but Rogets Thesaurus is NOT a synonym thesaurus, but a 'related concept' one. It's incredibly easy to use, once you get the hang of it, and it's fun to just browse through it as well. For your purposes, that's the one I'd recommend.
     
  5. Smoke Z

    Smoke Z Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2014
    Messages:
    250
    Likes Received:
    36
    I had been using Merriam-Webster before switching to WordHippo. I'll try Rogets.

    For everyone who wanted the sentence... I don't want to come here every time I get somewhat stuck.
     
  6. jannert

    jannert Contributing Member Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2013
    Messages:
    8,583
    Likes Received:
    8,175
    Location:
    Scotland
    I've just had a quick look at the online versions, and they aren't complete—in fact a few are just lists of synonyms. I'd recommend getting a paper version of Rogets, otherwise you'll be tearing your hair out, as it involves a lot of to-ing and fro-ing to use it.
     
  7. GingerCoffee

    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2013
    Messages:
    17,659
    Likes Received:
    5,934
    Location:
    Ralph's side of the island.
    I word hop in the Free Online Dictionary thesaurus. You find a related word that is closer to what you want then click on that and so on.
     
  8. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    19,316
    Likes Received:
    1,018
    Location:
    Coquille, Oregon
    the best, easiest-to-use one i've ever come across is 'the new american roget's college thesaurus in dictionary form'...

    but if you don't have an exceptional vocabulary and knowledge of word meanings/usage, be sure to check each word you consider using in a good dictionary first, to make sure it's appropriate...

    and, if you have to do that, i would strongly recommend locking up the thesaurus till you don't need one...
     
    jannert likes this.
  9. Smoke Z

    Smoke Z Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2014
    Messages:
    250
    Likes Received:
    36
    In my case, the damage has already been done. I'm often diving at a thesaurus just to find simpler versions of certain words. One of my characters would have to be excruciatingly bored to use interminable or even ceaseless instead of unending.
     
  10. jannert

    jannert Contributing Member Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2013
    Messages:
    8,583
    Likes Received:
    8,175
    Location:
    Scotland
    Thanks for the tip! I've just ordered a copy. The only Roget's I own just now is the British/Penguin edition. I think this updated American version might be exactly what I need to bridge the gap. I don't use a Roget's thesaurus (or any other) very often, but it's a handy tool for the toolbox. It promotes out-of-the-box thinking, when it comes to words.
     
  11. JayG

    JayG Banned Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2013
    Messages:
    642
    Likes Received:
    360
    Location:
    Philadelphia PA
    Sounds to me like you're searching for a way that you can tell the reader what's happening in the scene you envision. But if you're in the character's POV, as against talking about them as an invisible narrator, why not show what they think and do/say, instead. Talk about the emotion they're feeling, and make the reader know what is making them feel it. The reader wants to empathize and share the emotion, not learn precise details.
     

Share This Page