Learn a new word each day.

As writers, we should constantly be expanding our vocabulary. Using the right word in our stories can make a tremendous difference in the reader’s perception.

As long we don’t go overboard, a thesaurus can inspire us to use more appropriate vocabulary and avoid the humdrum.

For example, how many of us still overuse the word NICE? There are other options.



(by Seomra Ranga)

You can create your own word cloud picture at http://www.wordle.net/create

Your writing task: Use your new word of the day in a short story — or in that novel you are writing.

Many excellent daily email versions of the word-a-day exist. Perhaps you would like to try this one:


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1. an old game in which the players snatch raisins, plums, etc., out of burning brandy,

and eat them.

2. the object so caught and eaten.


Thou art easier swallowed than a flap-dragon.

— William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost, 1598

You can learn a little Shakespeare at the same time!