Short Tips On Writing Better

Replace weak adjectives and adverbs.

Credit: John Carlton and Leah McClellan

Example: “A big dog barked loudly.”

Replace the weak adjective with something stronger and more descriptive:

“An oversized dog barked loudly.”

Use specific nouns:

“An oversized Doberman barked loudly.”

Replace adverbs with stronger, more descriptive verbs:

“An oversized Doberman leapt out, snarling and howling like a possessed canine with rabies.”

Use Action Verbs

Credit: John Carlton

Use “action” verbs. And never repeat a verb in a copy.

Example: “He walked down the street.”


He staggered down the street.

He lurched down the street.

He bolted down the street.

He raced down the street in blind panic.