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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 […]

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