of the questions that many writers confront is "My writing is so boring that even I don’t want to read it.
How can I make my writing more interesting, appealing and attractive to
my readers?" This is a very good
question, but there are many answers. In
fact, there are many ways to make your writing more interesting.
This week, we are going to discuss just one of those ways.
you imagine picking up a mystery book and reading the following?
man got in the car. He drove his
car to the old house. He walked up
to the door and knocked on it. The door opened.”
Is this man a friend or enemy of the owner of the house?
You don’t know. There is
too little information here. You,
however, can add some words that would help the reader take a good guess as to
whether the man is a friend or enemy (or other).
Not only are these sentences unclear, they are also very boring.
How do those famous writers (i.e.; Stephen King, Agatha Christie) make their
ideas and sentences so good that you are willing to spend $25 just on one of
their books? One way good writers
make their writing more interesting is to add adverbs.
What’s an adverb? Let us explain.
adverb is a word that has many jobs. One
of its jobs is to describe HOW an action is done.
The first sentence in the above example reads
man got in the car.”
we must ask, “HOW did the man get in the car?”
Did he get in the car slowly, quickly, cowardly, ferociously, bravely,
wildly, rowdily, quietly, loudly, brazenly, boldly, or shamelessly? By answering
how the man got in the car, you describe the situation to your readers.
The readers can now visualize and understand the scene more clearly.
In turn, your readers will find your writing much more interesting.
another look at the adverbs listed in the above paragraph.
What did you notice? They
all end in –ly. Actually, NOT all
adverbs end in –ly, and NOT all –ly words are adverbs.
However, many adverbs DO end in –ly.
Let’s add adverbs to our sentences from
man quickly got in the car. He peacefully drove his car to the old house.
He happily walked up to the door and swiftly knocked on it.
The door opened immediately.”
he a friend or foe (enemy)? A friend, of course. The
words that tell us that he is probably a friend are the adverbs—quickly,
peacefully, happily, swiftly, and immediately.
It is the second and third adverbs that tell us this man is most likely a
let’s change the adverbs:
man angrily got in the car. He frantically drove his car to the old house.
He ferociously walked up to the door and loudly knocked on it.
The door opened violently.”
he a friend or foe? He is most
likely a foe. Again, it was the
adverbs that told us. As you can
see, adding adverbs is extremely important. It tells the reader a lot about what you are writing about. Remember
“A good writer is like
an artist—he/she paints a picture in the reader’s mind using words.”
do you make an adverb? One of the best ways to form adverbs is to add –ly to the
end of an adjective.