Choose lively language with these 3 tips

not teaching,still THINKING … Lively language. The way we put words together makes a difference in how our message is received. One way to achieve lively language is to choose strong verbs. Substitute a strong verb for a weak one. Choose verbs that show action. Avoid “there is” and “there are.” Here are some simple […]

Tips to achieve lively language

Writers love words, right? And there are so many choices. Choose wisely. One way is to focus on strong verbs and the active voice. Make it a top priority to achieve lively language. Following are some tips to get you started. How to strengthen verbs Weak: There are good reasons to use strong verbs when […]

The Dreaded ‘F’ and Why We Need It

In a story, a missing letter or transposed letters in a common noun is considered a typo. The same in a name is an ‘F’ for the story. That’s the mantra every summer in the Newswriting and Reporting class for incoming journalism master’s students at the Newhouse School. We just started Week 2 of classes. […]