Dear Power Writers,
I’m writing to you from the majestic Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. My husband and I are here for a few days celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary before heading back to Jersey for my nephew’s wedding tomorrow.
Autumn is nearly in full bloom here, with its brilliant colors accenting the magnificent fir trees that cover the mountainside. As I drank in the beauty, I couldn’t help think how splashes of color can transform an ordinary landscape into a work of art. Likewise, splashes of color in our writing can transform an ordinary piece of writing into a work of art.
How can we add color to our writing? Here are some tips:
1) Use strong verbs. Verbs convey images and are the backbone of excellent writing. When you use a strong verb, you don’t need an adverb.
2) Vary your sentence structure. Variety is not only the spice of life; it is also the spice of good writing. Make sure that you spice up your declarative sentences with compound and complex ones.
3) Use specific nouns. Instead of saying “dog”, say “collie” or “golden retriever”. Instead of saying “house”, say “log cabin” or “mansion” or “shack”. The more specific, the better. Specific nouns enable your reader to picture what you are writing, and the clearer the picture, the more vibrant the writing.
Go through your current writing project, and check your verbs, your sentence structure, and your nouns. Add splashes of color to your writing and bring it to life.