via Active verbs, their use, and their limits
Please click the link above to read the entire article. It is literally the best discussion of active verbs I’ve ever read. More importantly, it’s probably the only discussion of their limits I’ve ever read as well. All too often, fads replace craft on social media. ‘Show-don’t-Tell’ I’m looking at you!
In my not-so-humble opinion, the secret to good writing is to get the balance right. Non-stop action becomes boring after a while because there is no contrast. In visual terms, think of an image painted in nothing but black, charcoal and dark blue. Non-stop navel gazing suffers from the same affliction, as do sentences constructed of nothing but ‘action’ verbs.
The English language is incredibly rich, both in terms of vocabulary and grammatical forms. They’re all there to be used…when appropriate. A good craftsman would never throw away a perfectly good tool just because it’s no longer ‘popular’. The real trick is to become that good craftsman. 🙂
I don’t reblog often, but when I do, it’s usually a post or an article that I want to remember. Because it’s important. This one definitely falls into that category. 😀
August 6th, 2019 at 3:43 pm
Active verbs are a very important part of types of verbs. The English language is incredibly rich, both in terms of vocabulary and grammatical forms and active verbs are an important part of it.. Informative post!!
April 5th, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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April 2nd, 2019 at 12:34 pm
Such things are authorial ‘voices’ made of. 🙂
April 2nd, 2019 at 7:46 pm
lol – yeah. 🙂
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April 2nd, 2019 at 2:49 am
THANK YOU! I followed the breadcrumbs to the Annie Dillard essay, and I was enchanted. You are the best!
April 2nd, 2019 at 9:29 am
lol – I can’t take any credit for that, but I am tickled pink that you enjoyed it. 🙂
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April 1st, 2019 at 9:43 pm
It is a well balanced article, a boon to any writer.
April 2nd, 2019 at 9:35 am
I was thinking as I read it that ‘we’ are mostly from a vintage in which those tools were taught as a matter of course. I must say though, none of my teachers ever taught in such an innovative, and /effective/ way. The education system needs a lot more Jimmys.
April 1st, 2019 at 9:56 am
I agree. This one was worthy of re-posting!
April 1st, 2019 at 10:30 am
High Five! 🙂