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A Right-Brained Writing Prompt from WritingFix
Focus Trait: WORD CHOICE Skill: BALANCING VERBS

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Verbs

This writing prompt generator was one of the first twenty-one interactive word games presented at the original WritingFix in-service sponsored by the Northern Nevada Writing Project.


Student Writer Instructions:

Action verbs make for exciting writing, but action verbs should be used in balance with non-action verbs.  If writing has nothing but action verbs, it becomes a little too busy.  If writing has nothing but non-action verbs, then it is usually flat.

Press the buttons below until you have three different types of verbs that you can cleverly fit into one paragraph; you may certainly use other verbs to write your paragraph, but the three verbs you are given when clicking the buttons below must inspire the paragraph.

As you write your paragraph, try to find a good balance between your use of good action verbs (transitive and intransitive) and your use of non-action verbs (linking).  A good writer stays conscious of this balance as he/she writes.

When you are done with your verb paragraph, you might turn it into an entire story by using it as the first paragraph, the last paragraph, or the middle paragraph in a bigger story.

Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.

ACTION VERB #1

Use one of the above-words as your sentence's verb!  It might be possible to use the word as an adjective or noun, but don't.  Remember, TRANSITIVE verbs have direct objects after them.


A transitive verb is always immediately followed by a noun, which is called a direct object. What noun will follows your first action verb?

 

 

An intransitive is an action verb, but it has no noun immediately following it. Intransitive verbs have NO direct object.

 

 

Most linking verbs are followed immediately by adjectives. What adjective will you put after your linking verb?

 

ACTION VERB #2

Use one of the above-words as your sentence's verb!  It might be possible to use the word as an adjective or noun, but don't.  Remember, INTRANSITIVE verbs don't have direct objects.


Non-ACTION VERB

Use one of the above-words as your sentence's verb!  It might be possible to use the word as an adjective or an action verb, but don't.   To ensure that you're using it as a LINKING verb, follow the word above with an adjective.


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