Thursday, August 24, 2006

Alphabetical actions

sunrise.jpgAdverbs and adjectives can be useful but sometimes they're used to prop up weak nouns and verbs, like "ran quickly" and "walked slowly". Much better is dashed, bolted, darted, whipped ... and strolled, sauntered, wandered ...

For the following sentence, for each letter of the alphabet, write down a strong verb -- or several strong verbs -- that captures the essence of the night/moon/darkness leaving and the day/sun/light arriving. Dare to come up with bad writing :-) Bad is fun and loosens creativity. Some will change the flavor -- vanquished? -- but still get at the same idea. You can switch it around and make the darkness the subject (the active one) rather than the sun.

"The sun washed away the darkness."

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