Where would I be without my thesaurus? It comes in so handy, doesn’t it? I don’t know how many times I’ve been editing and caught myself getting repetitive with certain descriptors. I start sifting through synonyms and find exactly the right one….
And then I end up cutting half of them when I do my final edits because, damn. I am bat-shit crazy with the adjectives. I frequently need an intervention.
I did find the Thesaurus terribly handy as I’m writing my latest series, The Elemental Destinies, because we’re dealing with characters who are half magical being, and not just any magical beings, but beings that embody the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. When they move they do it fluidly, when they’re excited they whirl about, when they’re angry they crackle with it, and when they’re stubborn, they’re solid and immovable.
I try to judiciously throw in the adjectives that bring them to life and hint at their heritage. It’s a fine line to walk, especially when you’re an adjective addict.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a desperate, frantic, anxious need to write, scribe, mark and put pen to paper.