Make words work hard

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

Be specific, definite and concrete.

In both narrative and persuasive writing, you have to use words to create a visual feast of sights and sounds for the reader to fall into. Being specific creates engaging pictures in the mind of a reader.

Don’t say Say

Food Seared steak and crunchy hot chips

The floods Mothers waded through the chest-high water

Drink Manhattan, Whisky sour

Dog Cavoodle, Golden retriever

Flower Daffodil

Cat Persian Blue

Painting Banksy’s Slave Labour

Which words create the better picture?

Go and have a look too – at a new section on our website – some excellent tools for high school and university students.

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