verbs, strong like ox

The best way to get rid of a lot of extraneous adverbs and adjectives:


I believe in strong verbs so much I painted them all around my front porch.

One slightly-unusual verb can conjure an entire scene:

Theodosia greedily ate the entire plate of food.


Theodosia snarfed the anti-pasto.

Fabio walked slowly down the hall, like he hadn’t a care in the world.


Fabio sauntered down the hall.

The boy’s mother pushed him into studying proctology against his will.


The boy’s mother steamrolled him into studying proctology.

Yeah. THERE’S  a word picture.


About Lisha Cauthen

Lisha Cauthen writes YA novels for guys that girls like to read too.

Posted on April 26, 2011, in writing and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Cheri fuh-reaked at the awe-inspiringness of Lisha’s porch!

  2. Thanks, Cheri. It’s a porch only a writer can love. You should see the looks I get from the great unwashed public. One visitor asked, “Did the house come like this?”

    I don’t even know what that was supposed to mean.

  3. For years, I have *intended* to paint quotes on my sunroom’s walls…am inspired to revisit the idea. 🙂

  4. Thanks, Sarah.

    Judy, DO IT.

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