Creative Writing Tips on Strong Verbs #6: Examples of Action Verbs

I’ve been slacking. Not really, but I feel like I have been.I just have been pulled in four different directions. That’s all. And I feel I’ve been slacking on my blog for the past two days. Like I said in my last blog just hasn’t been my year.I wrote about the morbid deaths but not in detail. Spared you that. That same day, kid you not, the air-conditioning unit went out and unfortunately for my medical condition, I cannot tolerate heat. The air-conditioning guy was overbooked (family guy that’s why we used them). So we booked a hotel and on the upside, he made a mistake and gave us a suite but for the same rate. The downside was I was without a computer.

That was one front. the other three were, I had to work on or I couldn’t work on my two novels (editing them) and doing financing on the publisher I work for (Month9Books)

So that’s my drama the last two days and now on to the action verbs, number six tips:

Creative Writing Tips on Strong Verbs #6: Examples of Action Verbs

A strong verb creates a mood or an image simply by its sound or connotations: for example, instead of the word walk, use more evocative words like saunter, stride, strut or swagger. Water can gush, gurgle, spurt or squirt out; villains may scoff, sneer, jeer or taunt; and as for the loot, let it gleam, glitter, sparkle or dazzle.

Vivid verbs appeal to the reader’s senses of sight, sound, touch or smell. Like these:

Falstaff sweats to death,
And lards the lean earth as he walks along.

(From Henry IV, Part 1, Act 2, Scene 2, by William Shakespeare)

Tonight the winds begin to rise
And roar from yonder dropping day:
The last red leaf is whirl’d away,
The rooks are blown about the skies;

The forest crack’d, the waters curl’d,
The cattle huddled on the lea;
And wildly dash’d on tower and tree
The sunbeam strikes along the world.

(From In Memoriam, by Alfred Lord Tennyson) 

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