Word Choice: Using Strong Verbs
By Ruth Culham
This passage is excerpted from Daily Trait Warm-Ups by Ruth Culham.
Revise this example:
The tornado was very close to my house. It was windy and loud. It made me nervous. I was scared.
Select verbs that will strengthen your writing.
- Have I used action words?
- Did I stretch to get a better word—scurry rather than run?
- Do my verbs give my writing punch and pizzazz?
- Did I avoid is, am, are, was, were, be, being, and been whenever I could?