The Power of Verbs

I’m a big proponent of writing exercises and writing prompts. This post from Deborah Lee Luskin is a great example of how verb choice can alter and determine the tone of your writing.

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Power of VerbsVerbs are the engines that power your sentences.

Here’s an exercise that will help you learn the power of verbs.

See if you can make the following paragraph more interesting by changing the verbs. Challenge yourself to show this narrator either speeding through her day or dragging through it by the verbs you choose. If you like, post your revision in the comments below.

I got up this morning: I got dressed I got coffee and a bagel when I got gas. I got the news on the radio, and I got the mail on the way down the hall to the office. I got through my email before my ten o’clock meeting, but I got a phone call from a client so I got to the meeting late.

After the meeting I got through the HR about my health benefits, because I got a bill for my last…

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3 thoughts on “The Power of Verbs

  1. inkbiotic says:

    Fun idea, amazing how versatile the verb to get is. I decided to go a highfalutin way…

    I arose this morrow and adorned my form with the latest fashions. I purchased coffee and a bagel while I sucked gas from the metal box, while listening the news on the radio. I acquired the mail on the way down the hall to the office. I stumbled through my email before my ten o’clock meeting, but then was pestered from my duties by a phone call from a client so I arrived to the meeting late and flustered.
    After the meeting I chased and harassed HR about my health benefits, because I was hounded by a bill for my last doctor’s visit that was left unpaid and unacknowledged by my insurance, a travesty. I acquired a liverwurst sandwich at the deli across the street and accompanied this with red licorice at the candy store next door. I achieved much between one and three because I switched on the smarts and turned my email and phone off. But my boss raged furious because she couldn’t get through. When I told her all my accomplishments, she became thoughtful. I wandered out to the bakery with her and procured a coffee and an éclair and took the chance to tell her about all the ways I am constantly interrupted at work and all the ways we could soar like eagles without the tick-tick-tick of distraction. She understood my position and thanked me. I sauntered back to my desk and knocked out some more tasks before I climbed back in my car. Even with traffic, I made it to my yoga class in time and landed back at home feeling like I’d had a good day.

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