What do you do when you can’t think of that word you need for your story, ariticle, review or blog?
Do your fingers remain poised over the keys (perhaps tapping them lightly) while your brain frantically searches all its memory files? Do you write the “wrong” word and continue with the piece, hoping to come back and change it when inspiration hits? Do you consult a thesaurus (be it on Word or your bookshelf)? Do you start with “A” and go through the alphabet saying words that “sorta” match the one you need? Do you describe the meaning of the word to a nearby spouse, kid, friend (your dog, cat) in hopes that they’ll fill in that blank? Do you think, “Oh, what the heck!” put in any old word and quit worrying about it?
What works best for you? PLEASE share!!
I’ve done them all, but I’ve found what really works is… is… now what was that word?