The Best Verbs To Use In Writing

Verbs help a story progress and enables the character to move from one scene to the next. Verbs enter all storylines, many of them developing into overused language. With a few verb updates and swaps, your writing can improve and supercharge with a shimmering energy.

English and writing websites have posted the lists of the most overused verbs. I scrolled and clicked numerous lists to target the trends and pinpointed the verbs that repeated most. I also took notice to the verbs that appeared infrequently.

Ditch walk, call, work, look, leave, and more. Replace with this splendid lexicon:

Walk: Traversed, plod, canter, saunter

“The tornado traversed Oklahoma’s highways and fields.”

“His black boots plodded across the town square.”

“The horse’s canter was steady, trotting besides the mile-long picket.”

“The summer sun made him saunter exhaustedly.”

Call: Bellow, proclaim, declare, addressed

“A stomach ache caused him to bellow late into the night.”

“He proclaimed his love for her outside the window.”

“The meteorologist declared a state of emergency.”

“The veterinarian addressed the dog’s injured paw.”

Work: Assiduous, industrious, performing, persevering

“The librarian was assiduous in shelving novels of all genres.”

“The singer industriously recorded twenty songs for an early June release.”

“She performed exceptionally, outshining the other cast members.”

“The football player persevered after a series of injuries during the previous season.”

Look: Gazed, squinted, observed, peer

“The couple gazed up at the stars, heads reclined.”

“The taxi driver squinted at the New York road ahead, the sun blazing between skyscrapers.”

“They observed the migration of the snow geese.”

“The boaters peered across the ocean as dolphin pods arched above the waves.”

Leave: Disbanded, flee, slipped, deserted

“After ten years, the fastest sprinting baseball player disbanded from the Chicago-native team.”

“The robber fled the scene, a bag of money slung over his shoulder.”

“One of the piglets slipped away from the mother.”

“The crowd deserted the stage, rushing into the parking lot where the singer signed autographs.”

Laugh: Snicker, snort, cackle, howl

“The teacher snickered at the student’s joke.”

“The riddle caused his nose to snort twice.”

“Her cackle resembled that of a witch’s but with an added charm and elegance.”

“Her howl was contagious.”

Thought: Speculation, contemplated, ponder, rationalizing

“She speculated the truth behind his words.”

“The father contemplated how to discipline his triplet daughters.”

“He pondered how he would fire one of his employees.”

“She rationalized the events of tonight, making sense of them one by one.”

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