Using Descriptive Verbs and Nouns
Just as poor word choices can make your writing weak, wise word choices can make your writing stronger. One of the most powerful weapons in a writer's arsenal is the language itself — using action verbs and more descriptive nouns make for more powerful writing because it forces you to be clear and precise in your word choices. It also gives your writing the sense of immediacy — the “active voice” — that it desperately needs to capture and keep the reader's attention.
Often a new writer of any genre will use twelve words to describe what could be adequately covered by three. Not only can choosing the right words make your work stronger, it can quicken the pace.
Verbs come in two types — linking verbs, such as
walked slowly and steadily,use trudgedor plodded
sat down heavily,use ploppedor collapsed
lifted the box with great effort,use hoisted the box
cried uncontrollably,use sobbed
When choosing an action verb, strive to find the one that best conveys the image you are trying to evoke. Be specific, rather than general.
Since your words paint a picture for the reader, choose action verbs that match your scene's emotional tone. For example, use verbs that convey an element of danger for suspense scenes and verbs that convey a sense of whimsy for humorous scenes.