Nuts and Bolts: “Thought” Verbs | LitReactor

“In six seconds, you’ll hate me.

But in six months, you’ll be a better writer.

From this point forward – at least for the next half year – you may not use “thought” verbs.  These include:  Thinks, Knows, Understands, Realizes, Believes, Wants, Remembers, Imagines, Desires, and a hundred others you love to use.

The list should also include:  Loves and Hates.”

“Instead of characters knowing anything, you must now present the details that allow the reader to know them.  Instead of a character wanting something, you must now describe the thing so that the reader wants it.”

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10 thoughts on “Nuts and Bolts: “Thought” Verbs | LitReactor”

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  2. I was scared as I started to read this article but having finished reading I am elated to try this. As Becca said: The first sentence showing the easy way is like a Richard Laymon book and the second, harder but better for readers, is like a Stephen King book. Great find Colleen. xx

  3. Hiding Flower Shoes I learned something similar How often do used excellent, good, and great? Whenever I it comes to my attention I am using the same word , I look for another way to say the same thing

    1. I try to do that also. However, it is a rooky mistake to always have your character thinking… learning ways to get your point across are necessary to “good” story telling.

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