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Chuck Palahniuk on Thought Verbs

Post by Cordelia on Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:00 am

[Originally posted to Resources subforum of previous forum by imaginepageant.]

One of my favorite writers, Chuck Palahniuk, teaches why we should stop using thought verbs and instead unpack the action.

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Thinking is abstract. Knowing and believing are intangible. Your story will always be stronger if you just show the physical actions and details of your characters and allow your reader to do the thinking and knowing. And loving and hating.

My #1 rule in writing is to show, not tell, but I hadn't noticed how many thought verbs I was unwittingly using until I read this article. I'm much more aware of it now. I don't think thought verbs need to be entirely purged from fiction, and I'm certainly still guilty of employing a few here and there, but I've been actively trying to avoid them and find other, more expressive ways to get my point across. This has absolutely helped my writing.
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Re: Chuck Palahniuk on Thought Verbs

Post by Cordelia on Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:02 am

[Originally posted by tonesurge (M'aiqaelF) on previous forum.]

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