English is not my first language. Nonetheless, I've been consuming written media forms in English ever since I was sitting in primary school; big thanks to video games with respectable amounts of storyline and dialogues (otherwise known as "role-playing games" for all you who had no idea what I was talking about), and then the internet. Both of these channels provided me the exposure to the popular form of the language I would otherwise simply not have without (the English taught in schools where I live wasn't sufficient for creative purposes). As a writer, though, oftentimes I find my resources lacking. I could safely and without conceit and arrogance claim that I have a better vocabulary than my peers. I wonder where those boxes and shelves of words went when I'm writing, though, because most of the time I feel that the word I picked for a sentence seemed "off" and "didn't really belong there", and that there would be a better word suitable for this particular use. I was told that even writers with English as their primary language face this problem. That's why we have thesauruses. I find myself making use of Google's synonym search more and more as I mature, as well. Is that normal, as a writer? I was still slightly under the impression that writers are supposed to be proficient in their use of words to convey ideas and craft stories, and overuse of "hacks" like online thesauruses actually hinted at a weakness in my skills. Can you tell me your experiences with choosing words for your writings? Do you have problems with it? How has word choice affected you as a writer? What other "hacks" did you use if there's any (provided you're also willing to share your super-secret forbidden techniques with me, of course!). Let's discuss.