Pump Up Your Writing with these Quick Tips for Shattering Run-of-the-Mill Adjectives
- People have short attention spans so
- We have to say it great, and say it fast
- and we have to bullet point for easy scanning
- like I’m doing here.
- Which means that some of the more creative
- aspects of our language can be left behind –
- Like adjectives. In our efforts to streamline
- We might forget to make our copy yummy
- or friendly – which can make even the most informative
- post or content icky and boring.
Question: So, what’s one thing you can you do to grab your reader by the proverbial balls so they want to read on?
Answer: Wake up your adjectives!
Use these simple playful exercises designed to poke your brain where it’s gone soft, so you can stretch your adjectives a little. The result will be that when you do want to use an awesome adjective you can come up with something a little bit extraordinary – which is a lot more fun for you as a writer – not to mention WAY better for holding your readers’ attention.
All you have to do is write the answers to these questions – do just one, do them all, pull them out as needed.
9 Playtime Exercises for Waking Up Your Adjectives
1. Which is slower – red or yellow? Why?
2. Which is softer – a rainbow or fresh snow? Why?
3. Which is quicker – a memory or a dream? Why?
4. Which is funnier – a triangle or a square? Why?
5. Which is louder – a wink or a frown? Why?
6. Which is earlier – a star or the moon? Why?
7. Which is furrier – a tornado or a hurricane? Why?
8. Which is mushier – a table or the wall? Why?
9. Which is more colorful – an arm or a leg? Why?
Now, I ask you, which is more fun, reading a post like this, or getting a root canal? Why?
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List is a partial adaptation originally from “Making it Strange,” a series of creative exercises prepared by Synectics Incorporated and published by Harper & Row, N.Y. 1968