I read this the other day and loved it.
It’s too easy to rely on everyday verbs while you’re putting a script together. The more picturesque a word, the more visual it becomes. It makes the script that much more exciting and interesting to read.
I usually have two minimized windows running while I’m writing. Pandora for creativity-inducing background music and Thesaurus.com for when I just can’t think of a solid alternate verb. It might take a little effort to find the one that fits, but oh the satisfaction when you do.
Not sure if a verb works? Follow the example in the quote and read the sentence aloud. Try it with different verbs. Which one sounds spot-on? Does it not only convey action but mood as well? If somebody storms into a room, you can probably guess how they feel. Compare it to somebody who slinks, sashays or (always a favorite) moseys in.
The writer’s job is to paint a picture of the story in the reader’s mind. And you want to hold their attention by using words that will do just that. A compelling story with fleshed-out characters helps too, but dull writing makes for boring reading.
I can’t remember the exact wording or who said it, but there’s this great quote that says something like “There are a million words in the English language. Use them.”
Sound advice indeed.