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Creating images, emotions, and voice with your words
USE STRONG VOCABULARY
Have your vocabulary list of transition words at your side -use words when they are appropriate, not if they stick out.
Use a thesaurus to eradicate repetition not to sound sophisticated
stay away from empty words that convey no image: pretty, beautiful, nice
GRAB THE READER
Create catchy, cool first line to entice reader.
End with conscious power.
Create a believable, clear voice.
CREATE SCENES NOT SUMMARIES
Use all senses to pull reader into the scene
Show don’t tell: details, details, details!
Infuse writing with detailed adjectives and adverbs.
Create novel metaphors and similes--these clever comparisons make the reader visualize.
Use specific concrete images that you could photograph, not vague or abstract ones.
Use as many senses as possible.
ALTER SENTENCE STRUCTURE FOR FLUIDTY
Look at all sentence beginnings. Start with prep. phrase, adv., adj., participial phrases, and adv. clause for change in structure.
Change length of sentences: some complex, some very short for emphasis.
CHECK ALL VERBS
Omit verbs “to be” as main verbs
Omit all boring verbs: went, come...
seek verbs that create images: trudge, clamber, undulate, grope, wriggle, simmer
cooking verbs are often descriptive and metaphoric: dice, blend, percolate, slice...
POINT OF VIEW
Consciously choose a point of view: first person, third person, or third person limited
Try changing it after you finish to see which point of view creates a stronger piece