Adjectives and adverbs can make or break a manuscript, pitch or synopsis.
Hint: My best friend while writing? My Thesaurus!!! Awesome site: wwww.Thesaurus.com!!!
Search for not-so-interesting (blah) words like:
large, big, huge
scary, scared, afraid, concerned
happy, sad, sorry
pretty, beautiful, ugly
You get the picture! (see my previous post on 'List of Weak Words' for 'blah' verbs to look for and change!)
(HINT: Use the find feature in Word, and hightlight all of the above words, then work through your writing to change the highlighted words to more 'sparkly' words (see below, use a thesaurus!). When done improving your work, do a 'select all' and highlight it all, then un-highlight it all. That way, you don't have to go through twenty times and do a 'find' for each word.)
Instead, use jazzy / sparkly words:
scrawny, gangly, robust
yummy, sumptuous, scrumptuous
chilling, desolate, ghoulish, dreadful, fiendish, eerie, putrid, haunting, ferocious, horrendous
gorgeous, glorious, precious
spellbound, cryptic, arcane
animated, salacious, sprited, vivacious, zestful, distressed
jittery, apprehensive, agitated, overwrought, timorous, hysterical
despair, forlorn, morose, heartbroken, somber, wistful, despondent, languishing
captivated, delighted, thrilled, blissful, gratified
esoteric, inexplicable, obscure, mystical, incomprehensible, symbolic, unfathomable
murmuring, soundlessly, tacitly, faintly
alluring, bewitching, dazzling, angelic, radiant, stunning
appalling, grotesque, hideous, repulsive, repugnant, revolting
delirious, demented, deranged, frantic, frenzied, ludicrous, preposterous
and of course, sparkly!!!
Again, you get the picture! Remember: www.thesaurus.com!!!!
Print this off and save it for when you are editing or writing - especially the ever-important pitch!!!
Please share your blah words and your jazzy words with us!!! Any other helpful hints? Cheers!! Jan