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Ory's writing notes: The Verb Part 1, Action Verbs.

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Originally, I was going to do Pronouns next, but I am going to do the verb instead. This will take many blogs to do (The verb is a massive arena) but so I begin. Again, these are notes from my quest to being able to create beautiful imagery with well-crafted sentences. Each Blog will build on the next so that by the end of this little Journey (I'm hoping the end of February) I'll be able to accomplish my aim and can write the final draft of Mystics!

The Verb is the second most powerful word in the English Langauge. While a noun creates an image in our mind, a Verb gives that Image movement and motion. Verbs fall into three categories: Action, Helping, and Linking.

Action verbs show action (hence, this is the type of verb you should be used most often.) They can be physical actions or mental actions (Abstractions, and we all know how I feel about abstractions....).

Abstraction: The couple loved each other. (Doesn't really create much motion does it?)

Physical: The couple Waltzed. (I got a picture of two people dancing. Much better.)

Action verbs can either be Transitive (You do the action to something) or Intensive (You don't do the action to something.)

Transitive: The lion ate the deer.

Intransitive: The lion ran.

Concrete nouns and Action verbs (Physical preferably) are the basic building blocks to imagery. While it might not be engaging to an adult, you could write a children's book using just those two things.


The next blog post will be on linking and helping verbs.
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