Verbs and Adverbs
Present Tense vs. Past Tense
|There are two major tenses or verbs. Present tense is used when
describing things that happen at the same time the store unfolds.
Example: Susie walks by me and I hear the sloshes of water in her rubber
|Past tense is when the action already
happened in the story. Example: Susie walked by me and I
heard the sloshing of water in her rubber boots.|
|Stay with one tense throughout the entire
story, otherwise it is too confusing!|
Active Verbs vs. Passive Verbs
|The active voice is most commonly used.
It is more direct and punchy. It promotes more lively writing.|
|Passive voice sometimes cannot be
avoided. It is usually used to emphasize the action or if you are
showing a flash-back scene.|
|Jessica gunned the car.|
|Werewolves growled at the cat.|
|I saw her shadow in the hallway.|
|The car was gunned by Jessica.|
|The cat was growled at by the werewolves.|
|Her shadow was seen in the hallway.|
Using strong vivid verbs will
help make your writing come alive.
Nouns and Adjectives
Choose a word that most precisely
names the sentence's subjects.
When writing, be specific.
As you write, use the word that
best names the picture in you mind.
Accurate nouns help the reader
imagine the scene.
Adjectives help paint your
They usually support weak
They need to be chosen