|using strong nouns & verbs
In all kinds of writing, using strong nouns and verbs is important. When a writer uses strong nouns and verbs, their prose becomes more memorable, visceral, and easier to imagine. Take a look at the following sentences.
The toy was a lot of comfort to the child when she was afraid of the dark.
When the toddler imagined hairy monsters springing from the shadows of the darkened hallway, she crushed her stuffed raccoon to her chest.
The first sentence uses vague words: toy, child, a lot.
The second sentence uses specific words: stuffed raccoon, hairy monsters, darkened hallway, toddler.
The first sentence uses the weak verb "was" twice.
The second sentence takes advantage of verbs like "imagined," "springing," and "crushed."
written by Luke Rolfes
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