The deliciousness of adjectives can turn your content into drooling readers wanting more.
How? Well, one needs to know what an “Adjective” is first. An adjective is a word that describes a noun in a sentence.
So not to get to involved with grammar, here’s an example because it’s simple to implement:
“John goes to the store”
“John, a physically fit young man, goes to the neighborhood store.”
Adjectives are like ingredients you add to food to give it flavor and succulent taste. So adjectives spice-up your writing making it interesting and even memorable …
To write well, capturing the imagination of the reader, you need to use words that describe and draw the reader into your conversation, or discussion.
I started reading Anthony Bourdain’s book “Medium Raw” and was struck immediately by the descriptive words he used to describe an experience he had. I only read the first few pages and I was so curious about what he was discussing, I looked it up on the Internet.
Most of us might say –
“This is a once in a life time meal ..”
Where as Anthony wrote –
“This is a once-in-a–fucking–lifetime meal – a never– in-a-lifetime meal for most mortals … even in France.”
I’m not suggesting you curse – this is Anthony’s natural way of expression if you ever watched his TV show “Parts Unknown” on CNN Sunday nights, he does curse.
But making a common statement like this and using an expressive word and adding “for most mortals”, I got the sense that this meal he was about to devour was a meal only Zeus would eat! I imagined I was was in the dinning room sitting next to Anthony about to eat Ortolan ( you’ll have to look this up).
Sadly, Anthony Bourdain took his life a week ago – millions are heartbroken, including myself.
Writing well and storytelling is ALL about the words you use to describe what you want to share. I think this is the path to standing out with blogging – using words in a way that grabs the readers interest.
Best Ways to Cultivate Your Personal Language
- Read books and magazines – observe how words are used
- Use a thesaurus to build your vocabulary
- Use a dictionary to find the meaning of a word you just discovered and don’t know
- Use emotional words and …
- Remember to use adjectives
And most of all, be yourself.