Using Words to Wow

In my previous blog, I promised to share what creates an avid reading audience. Of course, it’s the WORDS! With 26 letters to create words, there are millions of opportunities for creativity.

First, can you put together a sentence that does NOT start with “The” or “It’s?”

That’s a good start.

Do you understand subordinate clauses, phrases, and other ways to vary sentence structure?

I know this can sound like 8th grade grammar, but you’d be surprised how many people cannot create an interesting sentence structure to “hook” the audience.

Alliteration is another word tool. When the first sound of multiple words in a sentence is the same, you have a memorable approach. Don’t overdo it, though.

She sells seashells by the seashore. That’s the archetype of alliteration.

Another tool that trumps (alliteration!) complex writing is interspersing short sentences with your longer sentences. Writers sometimes don’t know when to stop. So, break your long sentences up so readers can chew on a piece at a time.

Which brings me to: writing evocatively. Use words that summon the senses. (I know, alliteration again, but I just love it.) See, hear, smell, taste, and feel.

In my previous paragraph, “readers chew on a piece at a time” employed an image that is strong and memorable.

Learn many ways to say similar things. Then, use the most evocative words to fix the image in a reader’s mind.

Again, don’t overdo it. Analogies comparing rough beards and other rough items to meat or cheese grinders is a REALLY ugly image – and probably overkill for the context in which I’ve seen them.

Touching just the iceberg tip, I do hope you find these – I hope – writing refreshers useful.

If you need more – use a dictionary and grammar manual, then see my program!

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