When I'm working on a first draft of a story I'll default to a "basic" word to describe a scene or action in my story. During the revision process, I'll often pull out my thesaurus and start looking for a more definitive word for what I am trying to convey. It is at that point that "green" may become "fern" or "emerald" or "mint." I don't do this for every entry of a " basic" word, in fact there are times when "less is more" and in which case the basic word, like "said," works perfectly.
If you try this exercise, keep in mind that just because is a word is a synonym for a basic word does not mean that it is the right word for your scene, story and setting.
To get you started consider the word "walk," here are 10 other ways you can say "walk" but keep in mind that some of these words conjure up very specific images.
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