Liz Bureman on thewritepractice.com makes a few good points about using a thesaurus. You have to be thoughtful with word use, thesaurus use or not. My favorite thesaurus is “Roget’s International Thesaurus,” It is so all encompassing for word derivations, if you can’t find a word in this book you want to use, I’d just give up.
A good reminder to pick your words carefully and thoughtfully. I would also add “that” and “had” to the list. It doesn’t mean you can’t use certain words, but know why you are using them or why your writing might be stronger and clearer if you left them out. Thanks for the reminder Shanna.