Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule. You think you might have misspelled a word? O.K., so here is your choice: either look it up in the dictionary, thereby making sure you have it right - and breaking your train of thought and the writer's trance in the bargain - or just spell it phonetically and correct it later. Why not? Did you think it was going to go somewhere? And if you need to know the largest city in Brazil and you find you don't have it in your head, why not write in Miami, or Cleveland? You can check it ... but later. When you sit down to write, write. Don't do anything else except go to the bathroom, and only do that if it absolutely cannot be put off.I've followed his advice while writing this week and let me tell you it's fantastic and freeing and lots of other wonderful adjectives that I will not use a thesaurus to look up right now. You can read the entire article here, and I encourage you to do so.
I passed it along to my teenage son. It is so powerfully written and Ms. Anderson really nailed the teen voice.
My fantabulous follower giveaway will be revealed this week so stay tuned for that, and for my fellow NaNoers, in the words of Commander Peter Quincy Taggart, "Never give up, never surrender!"