Today I’m talking about the most amazing thing I’ve discovered during the past two years in which I’ve been seriously writing: the power of strong words. It’s something I never thought about before I started writing fiction. Consider these two verbs:
* Tugged *
* Jerked *
Each of them is just one word, but think about how much imagery is created with that one little word. Consider the differences each of these verbs evoke.
When I think of the word “tug”, I immediately get the image of someone gently removing something from someone’s hand. But if you use the word “jerk” I get a far angrier image. Much more intense.
There’s emotion behind the words, and an author’s job is to manipulate the reader’s emotion. So think how effective an author could be by simply choosing the right words?
I tend to use a lot of adverbs when I write. It’s how I think; can’t help myself. But I know that when editing time comes, I will need to go in and find power words to replace most of those weak verbs along with their adverb modifiers. Doing this properly allows the reader to evoke a stronger image of the scene, ad that’s one of the things that takes writing to the next level.
Do you have any tips for adding power words to your writing, or are you one of the lucky few who naturally think that way? (If so, I hate you.)