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Note: Generic verb Dynamic verb run make carry race, dart, sprint, whiz fashion, construct, forge, frame transport, deliver, convey, lug strike, cuff, pommel, thwack study, peruse, pore over, wade through converse, chat, utter, orate hit read speak These are arbitrary examples, of course, and you will want to imptovise in your own ways. The idea to keep in 34 TRICKS FOR MORE EXPRESSIVE, COLORFUL WRITING mind is that verbs come in two forms, the generic and the specific. " Both forms have their place.

32 TRICKS FOR MORE EXPRESSIVE, COLORFUL WRITING • • • • • • Anecdotes and tales. Case histories. Testimonials. Statistics and interesting facts. Aphorisms, proverbs, sayings, witticisms. Bulleted items (as here). The best thing about these examples is that they take you off the hot seat and let others speak in your place. They are a kind of author's freebee that helps add stylistic variety to your prose, provides a diversion for the reader, and, best of all, invokes the voice of outside authority to bolster whatever point you are making .

This sound can be joyous or self-important; it can be bland, aloof, scientific, tongue-in-cheek-you name it. Inappropriate tone tends to confuse and finally to repel readers: just as a dull tone bores them, a self-righteous tone angers them. "The most difficult task for a writer is to get the right 'voice' for his material," claims the writer, John Fowles. " Careful writers are aware of this fact, and they mold their tone to conform to their listener's ear. ONE 15 A MANUAL OF WRITER'S TRICKS Write to the specific audience you are addressing.

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