There are weak verbs and there are strong verbs. Not all verbs are the same. Some carry a different emotion of picture when the brain decipher the coded message in your words. So what are the weak verbs and strong verbs? How do you know which category your verbs fall in?
You hear it all the time when you are writing. Get rid of the weak verbs. Find stronger ones to convey your message. So you go back to your manuscript and you try to find those strong verbs of which you have no clue which ones were weak in the first place. So I came up with a strategy. When I write, I automatically look for synonyms for my verbs whether I know if they are weak or not. If I want to say, “As the footsteps came closer, CJ ran through the woods.” I create a list of verbs for ‘ran” – dash, jog, race, sprint, hurried, skitter, etc. I then re-read the sentence and substituting each verb for ‘ran’. When I picture the illustration, then I know I have a strong verb. I think, if someone is coming after me, I am not jogging. I am hurrying, sprinting, racing, or dashing.
In conclusion, try this strategy. See if it can be helpful with your writing. Find the best verbs to convey your message to your reader. Choose well because if you don’t, you might end up in the wrong category. Remember, strong writers use strong verbs, evoke strong emotions, and have a stong fan base.