Simply: Synonyms help prevent your readers from getting bored.
MINI RANT: In the book I read last week, the author had every single character “push to their feet” at least three times in each chapter. I started getting annoyed by the tenth time.
The characters never rose to their feet, eased, or even shoved.
If a person is standing up, do you need to mention their feet every time? Isn’t it already implied they are on their feet? (Answer, it is implied) In the aforementioned book (with a major publisher) they all pushed to their feet. Anyway, I digress.
Always Use Synonyms?
Do you need to use synonyms every single time? No. You should NOT use them every time. But avoiding that type of repetition will not only make your manuscript more interesting and precise.
Check out this great article by author Tamar Hela on using synonyms.
Great writers choose specific words that create impact. It is worth taking the time to find the perfect word.
Here is a PDF for personal use: Other Words for SAID & WALK
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