Often as writers we know what we want to convey but struggle to know what words we should use. The proofreading and editing process usually revolves around changing sentence structures and swapping some words for others. As a professional writer, it is paramount that editing stage of a project runs smoothly and swiftly.
One of the most powerful tools to aid with editing is a thesaurus. Many writers use a physical thesaurus but for those that don't own one, there are many online versions which are either just as impressive or significantly better. Thesaurus.com is probably the most well known online version, and although I find it to be useful it is not my main one. In fact, I don't have a main thesaurus, I use several. The reason behind this is because different thesauruses suggest different words. Sometimes a less popular one will bring forth better results.
Here are the top three online thesauruses that I use:
1. Roget's Hyperlinked Thesaurus
A no-thrills thesaurus which offers numerous word suggestions. I find myself often returning to Roget's Thesaurus because it also offers many phrase suggestions too.
2. Power Thesaurus
A user-generated thesaurus where users not only submit word suggestions but also can vote on which words best match each other. Power Thesaurus also handles antonyms.
3. OneLook Reverse Thesaurus
A slightly different take on the online thesaurus medium, OneLook prompts you to describe the word you are looking for and then pulls a number of suggestions, ranked by relevance.