How To Boost Your Writing Vocabulary Prowess – Tips From “The Three Little Pigs”

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There are a million different ways to say the same thing. This variation allows for great creativity and uniqueness in our story, not to mention the ability to build powerful visual pictures.

Yet, with all of that variation we still reach for the same familiar words and boring verbs. I’ve done that so often that I’m grateful for critique partners that challenge me.

How to Boost Your Writing Vocabulary Prowess: Tips From “The Three Little Pigs” Shakespeare:


1. Grow Your Vocabulary. The only way to truly boost your vocabulary in your writing is to have more of it. The more wide variations you have for verbs and nouns, the more vivid your writing will be.

2. Replace Tired and Passive Verbs with Power Verbs. Highlight all the verbs in your passage. If they are passive, aim to replace them with more active verbs. If they are overused, come up with replacement verbs, use the thesaurus if necessary.

3. Replace nondescript nouns with more specific nouns that give a clearer picture.  This will enable you to use less words to say the same thing in a clearer manner. For example, instead of the platform at the front of the auditorium, you could say the stage. Much more precise.

4. Eliminate unnecessary words. Words such as ‘that’ are used, but often not needed. Take these words out. Also eliminate many of your adverbs, by their very nature they weaken your verb. Allow only one adjective per noun, or it dilutes the adjective’s power.

5. Add sensory and visual imagery words that paint a picture. These words create emotion and draw the reader into the story world.

6. Aim for clarity. Replace words that are tired, but not at the expense of clarity. Your reader must know the words and feel the flow of the story is natural.

What are your favorite lines of all time in a novel?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

3 thoughts on “How To Boost Your Writing Vocabulary Prowess – Tips From “The Three Little Pigs”

  1. I’m afraid it’s too early in the morning for me to think of my favorite line…the only one that comes to mind is from Scarlett and I use it all the time. “Oh, I can’t think about this now. I’ll go crazy if I do. I’ll- I’ll think about it tomorrow.” And that may be from the movie and not the book.

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