Where Dreams Meet the Business of Writing

writingFrom: 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing
By: Gary Provost

Twelve Ways to Give Your Words Power

  1. Use Short Words.
  2. Use Dense Words.
  3. Use Familiar Words.
  4. Use Active Verbs.
  5. Use Strong Verbs.
  6. Use Specific Nouns.
  7. Use the Active Voice … most of the time.
  8. Say Things in a Positive Way … most of the time.
  9. Be Specific.
  10. Use Statistics.
  11. Provide Facts.
  12. Put Emphatic Words at the End.

100 Ways to Improve Your Writing explains each piece of advice in greater detail. This writing resource should be in every writer’s library. I don’t use it every day. But when I do refer to this reference, I always find a nugget of wisdom to apply to my own writing.

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Comments on: "Twelve Ways to Give Your Words Power" (6)

  1. […] Twelve Ways to Give Your Words Power. […]

  2. Great post …. but I think I have to start to spell first of all … my Swenglish isn’t the greatest at time.

    • Viveka, you do just FINE! (ha-ha, laughing at the ‘Swenglish’) Besides, your English is MUCH better than my Swedish any day!
      Have a great day
      Trisha

      • Trisha, thanks for your support … sometime I have to laugh at myself and my Swenglish – once I did a recipe post about porklion … instead of porkloin and nobody said nothing. I noticed myself.

      • Good story about the porklion Viveka!
        At work, when we have Spanish customers that don’t speak much English, I use my limited ‘Spanglish’ to try to communicate. I’m sure I butcher up the language very well. (destry) But they only appreciate that I am trying to communicate with them in their language. So don’t worry, we don’t laugh, we only admire you.

      • I don’t really mind if somebody laugh at me … and I don’t mind if somebody correct me neither … that is the best way to learn.
        You know, so long as we try to understand each other, that is the main thing. Children can play with each other for hours and days … without speaking the same language.

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