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Subject: If you're a fiction writer, avoid these words...
Date Posted: 11/18/2009 4:34 AM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2009
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WAS

WERE

HAD

...these linking verbs and auxiliary verbs can drain your sentence of impact. They make your action verbs weak.

Be specific with your verbiage; not vague. Show the reader the action instead of pointing at it.

Of coarse you can write whatever you want, however you want. But why would you write unnecessary words when you can make the sentence sharper?

  



Last Edited on: 11/18/09 4:42 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 11/20/2009 1:32 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2008
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If only I could get my high school students to read this... :)

Date Posted: 7/11/2010 12:12 AM ET
Member Since: 11/9/2008
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Last Edited on: 7/11/10 12:16 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/11/2010 12:16 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/16/2010 8:31 PM ET
Member Since: 2/15/2009
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oh my gosh, I was SO bad with my tenses in high school. Still working on it, though. I need to just blacklist those words and stop using them altogether :/

Date Posted: 8/28/2010 10:48 AM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2008
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*Laugh* I love this. Whenever I critique a friend's writing selection, I go through and higlight every "was" I find. It's amazing how much of a difference it makes.

Date Posted: 8/28/2010 3:51 PM ET
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