Toss out those adverbs


     “Use strong verbs.”  My little editor says.  “Don’t be such a wimp.  Become a verb superstar.” 

     “Yeah, you would say that.”  I delete a verb and try another.  “It’s not as easy as you think.”

     “It’s not as difficult as you feel it is.  Dig deeper.  You can find the right words.  Think of it as a treasure hunt, the stronger the verbs the more gold in your writing.”

     “In other words go word mining?  Do I get a verb detector?  One of those hats with a light on it?  How about a pickaxe?”

     “You don’t get the toys but that’s the idea.  You need to find the right words.”

     “I know, I know but remember this is the rough draft.  I’m only getting the story down I can fix things later.”  I continue typing.

     “It doesn’t hurt to start good and finish great.”

     “Now you sound like my father.”

     My little editor makes an elaborate bow.  “I am honored to hear you say that.”

     “Yeah, but he also told me to work smarter not harder.”

     “Haven’t you noticed?  Your writing is getting better all the time.  You are working smarter because you’ve been listening to me.”

About doggonedmysteries

Agented Mystery Writer, Bull Terrier owner--I have one at the present time, Avid gardener.

Posted on June 10, 2010, in My blog, Writer, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Your inner editor seems to be on a roll. I must admit, I don’t agonise over words in the first draft and really it isn’t until the second or third draft that I really get into the idea of looking for precisely the right word. I’m more worried about plot and character in the first drafts.
    Thanks for sharing this.

    My little editor is a busy-body but he plays well with others.

  2. I really enjoyed this.

    Ps. If the Bull Terrier is yours, he/she is beautiful!

    Thanks! Stop back often.
    Yes, the white one is our male Gavin he’s going to be 9 in November. Our female is the brindle her name is Patty and she’s somewhere around 7, we’re not sure because she’s a rescue. You can see more pictures of our dogs and others in the Bull Pen.

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