Follow my suggestion and open up a word-cinema, and focus it mainly on one thing, Action! Action words to be precise.
Action is a noun; action words, on the other hand, are verbs that simply put, describe an action.
In language, it is the verbs that ensure movement. That’s why I like action words.
This blog post is closely related to the previous post Improve Your Writing Style. I might even say it’s an extension of it.
In language as in writing everything connects logically, even though it may not be obvious at first. A text is very much like a brick wall, remove one brick, and the entire structure is compromised.
The following recommendations will serve to make good action words choices and to avoid the not so good ones.
Please reread the last sentence; I am using the Signpost technique. The sentence indicates where the sentence is going to take you next; Which enhances clarity and reader curiosity.
The more action, the better. Choose action-words that describe in detail what is going on.
Avoid verbs that only pretend to be action-words. “Stand” is, for example, a verb, which usually appears too general and does not represent an action. Here stands a tree over there stands a church-tower, a car is standing in the car park, a lit candle stands on the table.
A better choice would be, the tree grows, the church tower rises, the car parks, the candle flickers.
This is called, expression dynamic
More precisely one could say, move being to doing. To avoid are most verbs ending in “-ing.” Realizing, stabilising, concretizing; They are often abstract, and do not trigger images, and therefore no action.
There are also verbs like being, lying, belonging. They do not form an act but denote mere presence.
Whenever possible, you shouldn’t use these verbs. They are simply too pale and too weak. Here’s a short text,
She had nothing to nurture the child’s desire,
and now a second version
She had nothing to satisfy the child’s desire.
A trifle, indeed, But, the details are not just details, they make the whole thing.
The auxiliary verbs have, do, and be, are from the composed tenses, however indispensable.
The modal verbs want, should, and may, are often not replaceable.
Please tell your accountant not to say I will settle your expenses, but I will calculate them.
Don’t use Contemplate, but Consider.
Don’t use To take advantage of, but Claim.
However, such stretch verbs or noun-verb compounds are not always wrong.
They are occasionally used to reinforce the expression. Making a decision is more powerful and authoritarian than deciding.
I think I can conclude this section with a clear conscience as follows, If you want to put something in motion with the written or spoken word, use words that move. Hence action words.
Jargon And Cliches are acceptable if no equivalent is present.
For example, in technical terms such as RAM. Random Access Memory, volatile memory sounds in comparison inconvenient.
HDD could be with hard disk drive replaced. An investigation revealed that the accumulation of Jargon And Cliches in the IT industry does not lure medium-sized companies, but frightens them. Surprised, anybody?
Jargon And Cliches often have less visual content. We hear the phrase – a right rule, at the fundamental level our vision is blank, but with -principle our inner eye comes alive.
Motivation” is self-explanatory, a motive to learn for instance.
Oh, beautiful, dreadful jargon and cliches.
Of course like “Just do it” is more impressive than “Do it simple”. The cliche leaves the air out of the Do it simple version and establish a line where jargon and cliches out perform the proper wording.
Jargon and cliches yes, when fresh or beautiful. The world grows together, why shouldn’t words, jargon and cliches as well. With all the vocabulary, new and packed, with useful expressions.
Often adjectives are glued to other words because of these alone express too little. It seems to me that makes about as much sense as to paint a junk yard car.
Adjective, according to the Latin origin, means determinate, and thus unmasks what the word suggests, it is an addition.
An adjective or addition is often unnecessary when the rest of the text is concise.
It is usually better to choose words that already contain the addition. Instead of high winds, we can use storm. Instead of violent crying, we can use sobbing.
Adjectives are occasionally used to make certain subtleties visible.
A mild rum is more attractive than just rum; the fully automatic washing machine is more helpful than a simple washing machine.
But be cautious, words should not be driven fast and loose, the arbitrary connection of adjectives and products seen through.
Additions in surprising contexts with adjectives you can set traps in which the reader falls, hence stop his bored flying over the text.
For example, put common words into new contexts.
It is true that we should formulate diversified text. But it is not always true.
Repeat for the sake of repeating. Word repetitions sometimes have the best and strongest effect.
Often it’s, one time is no time. Messages, for example, must be correctly emphasised in commercial communication.
Let’s look at additions with synonyms or proverbs.
I was eating an apple, that apple tasted sour, sounds ungainly.
It looks like a word repetition which should be amended. Here, with no repeat, I ate an apple, it tasted sour.
An overflow of such proverbs, however, dries out the text. The proverb is pale by nature, does not evoke any ideas, and borrows its meaning only from the word it stands for. Usually, formulation duplicates are more hidden and not so obvious as in the previous example.
They only show up when the text is thoroughly proofread. And, occasionally, as word replacement synonyms offer substitutes, meaning related words.
Meaning related is not equal. Meaning related words do not exist. Therefore one can not translate from one language to another without an untranslatable remainder.
You can see the importance of proper word usage in writing. To become and to maintain being a good writer continuous learning is necessary. Start today; it’s not too late.
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