My Writing Tip for the Day

Find the most descriptive verbs you can--verbs that describe the action.

When you do this you don't need adverbs.

One of the best examples is for the word look. What is the character really doing? squint, study, check, stare, examine, view, etc.

Another is walk. Saying a character walked somewhere really doesn't give much of a word picture, did he amble, strut, jog, stroll?

Get the idea? If you don't have a good thesaurus (the one in your word processing program probably doesn't have the variety you'll get in a thesaurus) get one, either in book form or on the web.

Using the most descriptive verbs can make your writing pop.

Marilyn

Comments

Jackie King said…
Great writing tip.
Jackie King

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