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Lesson 2

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I came across our second lesson today. While it doesn’t really pertain to us (although we’ve gotten a few comments on how our writing is a bit too adult even for adults (we don’t know how)), we think it’s pretty valuable all the same:

This is going to be short.

If you need to use a thesaurus to find words to use to sophisticate your writing, then please don’t use a thesaurus. The chances that you don’t know how to use these more “sophisticated” words is pretty high. Using these more “sophisticated” words instead of words that you know use will detract from that “sophisticated” tone you were aiming for.

Stick with what you know. If you need to know more to write what you want to write, then learn more! Mary Shelley did not write so well at the mere age of eighteen because she used a thesaurus; she was a stunning writer because she was incredibly and indescribably well-read!


Written by Jessica Lei

July 23, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Posted in Lessons, The Saurus