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    Positional Action Verbs?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Infel, May 17, 2020.

    Hey there, friends! I've been working on editing up a few short stories, and was wondering if any of you might share your favorite Action Verbs. In particular, I'm looking for what I can only describe as a 'positional' verb? That might not be at all what they're called so feel free to correct me.

    Eg. An old, broken village lay dead in the snow.
    The farm sat cracked and abandoned, overrun with dandelions and thorns.

    For better or worse I have a tendency to open up my stories with a scene of the landscape, and it's getting pretty boring to only have a few of these types of whatever-they-are in my bag of tricks to pull from. Would love to have more. Of course any action verbs are welcome! Gotta' make our writing spicy.
     
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    That's such a beautiful paragraph, my goodness.
     
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    I don't like describing such a basic idea with extravagant words. My favorite verbs of position are words like: "to be," "sit," "lie." They are beautiful words, really. So functional, and yet graceful. And often "to be" is all you need.

    "The village was old and broken, there in the snow."
    "The farm was cracked and abandoned, overrun with thorns and dandelions."
    This is how I would write these sentences
     

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