Monday, June 15, 2015

Get in Shape for Summer: Muscular Verbs

Your verbs push and pull the action through your writing. I think of them as the muscle. As you edit and revise your work, underline each verb. Then review them to test their strength as individual and a collection of verbs woven through your piece.

Each verb should give as much information as possible. For example, if I write, "She enters the room," the reader only knows that a female was outside of the room and is now inside the room. If I write, "She skitters into the room," or "She skips into the room," an image and emotional understanding of this character grows. The reader gains insight into the character herself, as well as her movement in space.

For more on verbs, visit my post Strong Verbs: Hefty, Hefty, Hefty.

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