Podcast: How to Edit Linking Verbs to Improve Your Writing

A Podcast About Linking Verbs

In this 85K Writing Challenge podcast, Julie Valerie and E.J. Runyon discuss linking verbs.

A few highlights:

  • Three types of linking verbs:
    • forms of “to be” (am, is, are, was, were, has, have, had, is being, had been, might have been, etc.)
    • appear, seem, become, keep, prove, remain, stay, etc.
    • sense verbs like feel, look, taste, smell, sound, etc.
  • How linking verbs act like an equal sign between the subject and the predicate
  • How to solve the “problem” inherent in linking verbs
  • Batch editing to weed out ineffective linking verbs
  • Three stages of editing linking verbs
  • Connection between linking verbs and the concepts of showing vs telling
  • “Was” vs “seemed” or “felt”
  • Value of editing someone else’s linking verbs as a means of quieting your ego before turning the exercise inward
  • Using the find and replace feature in Word’s Track Changes to help identify linking verbs

Special offer from E.J. Runyon:

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Send an email to EJ with the words “Julie Sent Me” in the subject line and EJ will form a Skype group offering 20-30 minutes of free writing and editing tips featuring linking verbs. (Details explained in the podcast at 23:50.)

For more tips like the tips presented in this podcast, check out 85K Writing Challenge member E.J. Runyon’s latest book release: Five Ways of Thinking to Turn Your Writing World Around.

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About E.J. Runyon

E.J. Runyon, is a novelist and short story writer, and the author of the non-fiction writing guides ‘Tell Me (How to Write) A Story’ & ‘5 Ways of Thinking to Turn your Writing World Around’. She runs the writer’s website, Bridge to Story, and coaches writers from around the globe, online.

About Julie Valerie

Julie Valerie, an avid Scrabble player who once played QWERTY on a triple word, writes humorous women’s fiction and is developing a series set in the idyllic Village of Primm. She is the co-founder of the 85K Writing Challenge and serves on the board of directors as communications chair for James River Writers, a multi-faceted non-profit organization based in Richmond, Virginia, that serves as central Virginia’s literary hub.

Deepening her love of the written word, Julie earned a certificate in editing from the University of Chicago Graham School and is constantly humbled by the nuances of language and the nitty-gritty of grammar while strengthening her proficiencies in the Chicago Manual of Style. With a master’s degree in education and a certification in wilderness first aid, Julie enjoys reading, the study of wine, section hiking the Appalachian Trail, and travel. Visit julievalerie.com, or, better yet, subscribe to her once-monthly newsletter. On Twitter: @Julie_Valerie. On Facebook: JulieValerieAuthor.

Julie Valerie

Julie Valerie

85K Writing Challenge: Embracing the writing life by advancing the practice of productive writing from first word to first reader.

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