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There is a plethora of sounds in the English language, and we are fortunate to have a surplus of verbs to challenge our staying power as storytellers. Used properly, action verbs muscle up a sentence and help its propulsion into word pictures that create reader satisfaction.
For example, “Foot by silent foot, the wolf (select a verb) closer to the unsuspecting sheep.” Creeped closer? Crept closer? Sneaked closer? Snuck closer? Was it a soft and fuzzy Disney wolf that slinked closer? Or slunk closer. Tiptoed, skulked, lurked, prowled?
Ok, those might not all work, but you get the picture. Or at least you should get it better with the right verbs. What does the wolf do then? He leaped upon his prey. Or wriggled his big furry arms in the air? You see how much work the right verbs can do when you give them a chance.
Remember to amp up your verb usage in those moments when you cannot possibly write’walked’ ‘lovely’ or ‘whispered’ one more time.
Do a Google search for a verb list . . . here are a couple I found;
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