Writing tip of the month.

Verbs are the lifeblood of active writing but beware, there are some very inactive verbs lurking in the backdrop.  “Was” and “Were” are two of the greatest offenders.  They signify nothing but a state of being.  “The boy was chopping the wood,” slows.  It’s continuing action.  “The boy chopped the wood,” is much more active.  It is completed action.  Others to avoid are “Started” or “Began.”  “He started running for the bus.”  How much time did he spend starting, and when did he stop starting to run in earnest?  Certainly he didn’t “start” running until he caught the bus.  Look your verbs over.  Choose those that paint in detail.  Avoid the broad strokes

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