Lots and lots of activity going on for the hard-working staff at Maximum Z HQ. Writing of pages, giving of notes, assisting with development of outside projects, and assembling material for future posts, just to name a few.
So what does this mean in regards to today’s post?
While our number one priority remains, as always, to provide you with entertaining content, sometimes the producing of original material runs into a bit of snag, resulting in a lack thereof.
But never fear. All is not lost.
Thanks to having just over 8 years’ worth of material to pick from, there are plenty of opportunities to occasionally run a classic (i.e. old) post.
And today is one of those times.
Here’s a post from April 11, 2012, and the subject matter is still relevant. Plus, it features one of my favorite titles and photo captions.
Vamoose! Amscray! Skedaddle! Rampaging thesaurus on the loose!
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.