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Writer as Detective – Strong Verbs Containing Clues

Writer as Detective – Strong Verbs Containing Clues

A good writer is much like a detective, searching for just the right word.  Strong verbs describe much more than just the immediate action. They can also help unearth motive, character development, back story, and more.  Choose your verbs wisely and get the best bang for your buck! Try descriptive, strong verbs.   The phrase “he […]

Writing Dilemma – Using Verbs – To Be or Not To Be

Writing Dilemma – Using Verbs – To Be or Not To Be

The “to be” verbs are among the least active in the English language. Should we use them, or eliminate them all, replacing them with more vibrant active verbs? How about a happy medium – replace those that need more action, keep those that fulfill their purpose. Knowing your goals for a sentence or a section […]

Show, Don’t Tell – Invite the Reader Into Your Writing​

Show, Don’t Tell – Invite the Reader Into Your Writing​

“Show, Don’t Tell” is some of the best advice ever given to writers.  In fact, it might be considered one of the Golden Rules of writing. Don’t tell your readers what to feel, how to react, what to think. Paint a picture with your carefully chosen words, and their feelings will rise naturally. Showing, rather […]

The Writer’s Canvas – Painting Word Pictures with Nouns

The Writer’s Canvas – Painting Word Pictures with Nouns

If you want to keep readers turning the pages, engage their five senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste.  Learn about concrete and abstract nouns for your writing practice, and watch your writing come alive! The word “noun” comes from the Latin  “nomen”, which means “name”.  The more clearly we name objects, the better our readers […]

Finding Your Voice – Instructions for Living a Life​

Finding Your Voice – Instructions for Living a Life​ Writing - Finding Your Voice

Your unique voice is the way you move through the world, the way you express yourself, the worlds you create. Finding your own voice and feeling at home with it gives you confidence and power. Writing can help us find our own voice, which in turn allows us to create new ways of interacting, new […]

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