Bench Pressing Strong Verbs – Rules of The Game


Rules Of The Game

waking up1I have always enjoyed writing. It feels, almost, sensual. When I was a child, I looked forward to going to Aunt Jan’s house.  She had, maybe our family’s only computer. My cousins and I played games. They were always better than I was. They also had an old, manual typewriter, which I found more interesting than they did. An urge to write, something, anything, left me tingling and excited. Eventually, Aunt Jan gave me that beat-up old Royal.

Keys stuck, ribbons got so old I could hardly read what they spelled on notebook paper.   But, I could write.  I started with poetry.  I wrote stories.  Sometime, I pretended I was reporting stories.  I outgrew it.  One day, I got my first computer.  I tried college.  Eventually, I moved on with my life.  Then, one day, I found my old typewriter.

My itch to write was back.  I feel like I have novels inside me, waiting to come out.  But, I want to write it properly.  But, I’ve never wrote much in school, and never took their writing classes.  Now?  Who has time for school?  So, I wrote stories on some of those kinds of sites.  Soon, I wasn’t writing stories they wanted to read.  I wanted to write about complex characters in exciting situations.  They were looking for something more…primal.

So, I joined WordPress.  Later, somehow, I discovered Scribophile, a site for writers to explore their talents, and get feedback.  As I began my journey, I discovered I had bad writing habits.  One of them was adverbs.  Adverbs have bad reputations.  They lead to weak and lazy writing.  They also lead writers into tell not show traps.   If I replaced an adverb – weak verb pair with a strong verb, I could save one word for something else, and transform my writing.

But, what were those things? With Google I found lists, lists, and more lists. Alas, looking at them didn’t help much. To improve my skills, I needed to…use them.  Ugh.

Only, un-ugh.  If I wanted to be a writer, shouldn’t I write?  Couldn’t I pick ten random words off my list, and write little stories, using them in the order I picked them?  And, what if I wrote serial stories?  And what if I wrote about three different characters?  And what if I kept my story under five hundred words?

So, I did.

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