Words are a writer’s palette and they come in all colors, but writers should choose carefully, not rely on the default settings.
“To write” is a verb—an action word—so act with intention when you write.
Choosing the right words can make the difference between flat, tedious writing and writing that sings a clear, sweet song.
Adjectives and adverbs are fine in moderation, but strong verbs will propel your writing forward and engage your reader in a sensory adventure.
Write Shop I provides a strong foundation in concrete description, teaching students how to describe an object, animal, person, food, season, and place.
Students learn to choose strong words to bring their subjects to life.The eyes that stared back at Daniel were a clear bright blue. Can your homeschool high schoolers describe a person using vivid vocabulary like the above examples?Without good observation skills or an arsenal of strong words, this can be a challenging task!His clothing was of rich stuff, but old, and slightly frayed in places.One of his swollen legs had a pillow under it, and was wrapped in bandages.Can they describe their subject in detail without turning it into a narrative or story?When I was teaching homeschool writing classes, this was a hard concept for my students to grasp.Before him, at a little distance, reclined a very large and very fat man, with a wide, pulpy face, and a stern expression.His large head was very grey; and his whiskers, which he wore only around his face, like a frame, were grey also.He wiped the back of his hand across his wet forehead where the metal had left an uncomfortable-looking crease. The beardless cheeks and chin scarcely needed a razor.His skin was white, mottled and peeling from exposure to the sun, so that he could not have seen service long under the Galilean skies.