Verbs Add Power!


Verbs Add Power! by Stephanie Whetstone As writers, we want to sound smart and savvy on the page, to fit into the lofty academic world at places like Princeton. Many writers go about it by adding excessive adverbs and adjectives or obscure language to their prose. The theory might be, "If it's difficult to understand, it must sound intelligent!" I wholeheartedly disagree. The best writing is clear and concise and logically structured. It conveys ideas in a way that invites debate and collaboration, not exclusivity. The true power, intelligence, and elegance of a sentence comes from its powerful verbs. Too often, [...]