Two days ago, I posted an article entitled What words should you cut from your writing? and in the comments, Alex & Bridie suggested I do a follow up post discussing the words that you should use to strengthen your writing.
I immediately agreed and then realised… hey, I have no idea. So I Google’d it 🙂
One of the first articles I found was this one which encourages writers to use words that will make readers feel something. The way to do that is to use power words. The article lists 317 of them! They are words that provoke an emotional reaction – such as fear, greed, security, etc.
Another common theme was to use replacement words. Replace a boring word with something more elegant. There are also a stack of articles that suggest words you should add to your vocabulary, but I don’t think using big words will necessarily improve your writing.
What words do you think should be used to strengthen your writing? I would say there is no real rule… just use a variety of words. What do you think?