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In the following examples, note how the concrete, visually oriented sentences convey a miniworld of atmosphere and implication, and how the general sentences, devoid of such imagery, fall flat. 30 TRICKS FOR MORE EXPRESSIVE, COLORFUL WRITING General Concrete I tripped and fell to the ground. I tripped on a stump, flew through the air, and landed on my whoopsy-doodle. I hitched a ride to the city on a truck. I thumbed a ride with an army convoy truck into Denver. My back is sore all over. I ache along every nerve ending and vertebra of my spine.
Additions that add zest to any paragraph include: • Quotes and quotations. • Parenthetical asides. • Jokes and humorous stories. 32 TRICKS FOR MORE EXPRESSIVE, COLORFUL WRITING • • • • • • Anecdotes and tales. Case histories. Testimonials. Statistics and interesting facts. Aphorisms, proverbs, sayings, witticisms. Bulleted items (as here). The best thing about these examples is that they take you off the hot seat and let others speak in your place. They are a kind of author's freebee that helps add stylistic variety to your prose, provides a diversion for the reader, and, best of all, invokes the voice of outside authority to bolster whatever point you are making .
Sensible visitors, telephone operators from 47 A MANUAL OF WRITER'S TRICKS Houston, TV repairmen from Ohio. " "Promoted? " The words burned in his head. He lay in ambivalent silence for a moment. The sparrows on the windowsill quarreled loudly. He wondered what they were quarreling about. "I can't make sense of it, Crawford," he finally said in a whisper. " Three ways to keep your reader emotionally involved: 1. Present a mystery, then unravel it in stages. This technique is by no means confined to novels and in fact can become the very backbone of a gripping piece of reportorial prose: What is this mysterious force that keeps the electron circling atound the proton?
A Manual of Writers Tricks, David L. Carroll