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Adjectives: Wednesdays Wake-Up-Your-Writing Tips


Pump Up Your Writing with these Quick Tips for Shattering Run-of-the-Mill Adjectives

Effective online writers often work to get their point across in as few words as possible. There are good reasons for this:

  • 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

About the author: Karen, zencopy creator, is a top 10 bestselling amazon author, creativity coach, and an online content specialist with a masters in psychology and passion for learning and teaching new topics.

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