Welcome to the writers.litsub mailing list!
I've been thinking about the idea for this community off and on for a few years. As I've been focusing on my writing practice lately it has become more important to me.
William Zinsser wrote in "On Writing Well":
> You'll never make your mark as a writer unless you develop a respect for words and a curiosity about their shades of meaning that is almost obsessive. The English language is rich in strong and supple words. Take the time to root around and find the ones you want.
Often I find myself struggling to grab hold of words that seem just out of reach. My vocabulary is stunted. Too often I've wished for a legion of writers to have on call when I'm stuck, lost.
I've spent enough time lost (and have read about other writers who spend their time lost) to know this is normal. But it's lonely trudging through the woods trying to find your way out of a sentence. I'm glad to find some friends to help along the way.
Do you have any good suggestions for finding words just out of reach? Do you keep a Thesaurus on your desk? What do you do to practice your vocabulary or to stumble across new words?