A while back an instructor recommended throwing away the thesaurus and reading. I refuse to throw away my thesaurus, I love it, but I understood her recommendation of reading and have tried to read higher quality books-those with big words.
I'm reading Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury and he recommended the same, although he added poetry. Sounds like a great idea. So, soon, I'll add poetry to my reading and see where that goes. I'm sure I'll pick up some more nuances and may not have to rely on the thesaurus, but I'm keeping it close. Sometimes I can't remember that nuance and the thesaurus reminds me.
Happy reading and growing.