Strong Verbs for Fiction Writers by Valerie HowardA LIST OF 1,000 VERBS
Are you searching for stronger verbs for your works of fiction (or non-fiction)?
Arent we all?
This handy little reference booklet contains a list of 1,000 strong verbs to help you replace the weaker verbs in your fiction writing as you self-edit your work. Just look up the weak verb youd like to replace, and choose a stronger verb from the alphabetized lists.
Weak: Sally walked across the room.
Stronger: Sally scurried across the room.
Weak: Harry lightly touched the edge of the book.
Stronger: Harry trailed his fingers along the edge of the book.
Weak: Karen ran as quickly as she could to her closet.
Stronger: Karen charged her closet in a panic.
Weak: Lucy hit her palm on the desk.
Stronger: Lucy smacked her palm on the desk.
Ready to weed out the weak verbs and not-so-helpful adverbs in your writing and replace them with strong verbs?
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Aren't we all? This handy little reference booklet contains a list of 1, strong verbs to help you replace the weaker verbs in your fiction writing as you self-edit your work. Just look up the weak verb you'd like to replace, and choose a stronger verb from the alphabetized lists. For example: Weak: Sally walked across the room. Stronger: Sally scurried across the room.
They try to compensate for the inadequacies of weak verbs, but all they end up doing is making the sentence harder to read without cringing. The strongest verb is the one that communicates exactly what someone is doing and how they are doing it — without any need for an adverb. Sometimes, a weak verb is the one to use, but if all or most of your verbs are weak, your writing will be dull and lifeless.
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S trong verbs are essential for great writing. Not only do you need to know HOW to use powerful verbs, but having a strong verbs list at your disposal is invaluable. I never struggled with putting my thoughts on paper or even coming up with the story idea s in the first place. In fact, outlining a boo k is one of my favorite things to do! And as I delved deeper into the literary world, I quickly realized that using strong verbs is a must if you want to create something that leaves a lasting impact. Thanks to every English class growing up, you know a verb is a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence. A strong verb is a better and more descriptive version of a basic verb that creates a stronger visual and can help create a mood or vibe for the scene.
The second example shows readers a character who might be tired, lonely, or depressed. One verb paints a powerful picture. Some sources advocate show almost to the exclusion of tell. A frequent consequence of this approach is word bloat. However, well-chosen verbs deliver precise meanings. They invigorate writing without increasing word count. This child is healthy.