Write with Nouns and Verbs…

Source: Write at Home

Write with nouns and verbs.

No disrespect intended toward the other six parts of speech, but nouns and verbs are the meat and bones of writing.

Everything else is garnish.

Get your nouns right.

Make them concrete and specific.

Use cardigan instead of sweater and linebacker instead of football player.

Don’t philosophize about suffering when you could introduce your reader to a Marine widow and her fatherless infant.

And make your verbs lively.

Don’t walk if you can meander or strut.

Don’t just hit if you can slap, thump or pummel.

Writers should value every word, but wise writers give special attention to nouns and verbs.

 

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13 thoughts on “Write with Nouns and Verbs…

  1. Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:
    Very good advice! Thanks Chris for sharing Brian’s post! ;-). ❤
    Peace, love & books for all,
    Sherrie
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
    https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
    Or you can see it on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉

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