My Love of Synonyms


I love synonyms!  Give me a common word and I want to find every way there is to say it.  This is a fun way to be creative and write poetry too!

For example, in the poem below I used the word “average” and found every word I could to mean close to the same thing.

An Average Girl

She was a typical kind of girl,

just an ordinary, run of the mill kind of girl.

Nothing fancy, nothing elegant, simply her.

She had a common job as a cocktail waitress

earning her living at the usual kind of bar –

serving men who treated her cruel.

In her regular way she battled the demons of her past.

They drove her on in her average same old existence,

and it became ordinary to her.

She had been a typical kind of girl,

just an ordinary, run of the mill kind of girl.

Now she was lost, mediocre, barely adequate –

a below average kind of girl.

In mediocrity she dwells,

all alone in the bowels of life.

2014 © Copyright-All rights reserved

I am always looking for ways to make my writing easier.  Pinterest has some of the best images out there.  I found this just the other day:


Be on the lookout for ways to make your writing more interesting or appealing.  Just make sure that the words you choose have the same basic meaning or emotional association so that you do not confuse your reader.

Have fun and experiment!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I am up to today!  I look forward to seeing you again!

Silver Threading

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on
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  1. I love that poem, Colleen. So much so, my next stop is to retweet it. Where would we all be without words? They are our best friends and, picking them all up and making them into something special, is just the best feeling.

  2. Wonderful interplay of synonyms. A touching story. Good writing.

  3. Nicely done, Colleen! And a great little list too 🙂

  4. Such a clever poem Colleen! I love the way you moved through the different meanings of the word. 🙂

  5. Reblogged this on Reviews & Recommendations and commented:
    What a fun article.

  6. Fun with words, love it.

  7. I hate repeating the same words too often and I’m fond of thesaurus but it’s true, sometimes the beauty is in the slight differences…

  8. Your post made me stop and think. I don’t think that I give those other words enough value. Thank you for the wake-up.

  9. I like the way you used all the synonyms by weaving them into your poem. I love words and synonyms too.

  10. I loved your poem Colleen. Such fun to play with words.

  11. Woah I am in love with this

  12. Silver – you reminded me when I was studying in London and my professor said the following ”
    “A teacher of mine once said there are no true synonyms.”

    Wish you a great Saturday!

  13. Very nice post and a good idea with your link from Pinterest Colleen

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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