1 Apr 2013

Writing Stories, More Interesting Vocabulary, Describing Words

If you want to write a story with more interesting description, try this - from age 8 to age 18. Sometimes a thesaurus is too big, too hard to use and you don't know what word you're looking for anyway. This sheet is for inspiration for stories. Find:
more interesting verbs for action sequences; [what is a verb?]
character reactions;
ways of creating mood [read more].

Verbs/ Action Words Smashed, crashed, splattered, shattered, scattered, splashed, raced, tilted, flickered, flashed, tapped, slid, ran, leapt, jumped, darted, raced, paced, stepped, travelled, shifted, crawled, crept, wove, dashed, pounced  OR edged closer, stepped nearer, moved worriedly, walked softly, crept towards
Looking Peered, looked, glanced, studied, examined, picked up, studied, inspected, saw, imagined
Facial Expressions/ Reactions blinked, stared, gawped, stood amazed, stopped dead, mouth fell open OR smiled, grinned, laughed, tried not to laugh OR blushed, went pink, stammered, stepped back, hands shaking, shuddering, shivering, heart beat faster, pulse raced, heart beat in her ears, stomach tied tight
Adjectives SIZE Small, tiny, diminutive, neat, dainty OPPOSITE large, huge, gigantic, vast, limitless, endless

Weather Snowy, brilliant, gleaming, shining, sparkling OPPOSITE dark, dull, cloudy, grim, bleak OR wet, glistening, gleaming, shining, misty, foggy, blurred, stormy, dark, bruised clouds, rain lashed down, sheets of rain, golden sunlight OR dusty, bare, dry earth, barren (nothing will grow), featureless

Appearance Upright, straight, stiff OPPOSITE bent, wobbly, shaky, flowing  OR weak-looking, feeble, delicate, slim OPPOSITE strong, muscular, thick-set, heavy, powerful OR striped, patterned, floral, flower-pattern, dark, light, shadowy Feelings comfortable, soft, gentle, inviting, welcoming OPPOSITE harsh, hard, unkind, brutal, violent, desperate, vicious, cruel, uncaring, heartless  Personality fussy, precise, careful, choosy OR messy, dishevelled


Texture smooth, glassy, glossy OPPOSITE abrasive, rough, like sandpaper, like bark OR bumpy, rippled, curved OR metallic, wooden, soft as silk (or petals), waxy, like cobweb, like lace, grassy
Sounds shrill, screeching, sharp, fierce, shrieking, high-pitched, piercing, whistling OR low, soft, melodious (musical), mellow, murmuring, whispering, muted (quiet) OR booming, echoing, thrilling, tingling OR crashed, banged, crackled, crunched, creaked, battered, hammered, pounded, beat, thudded, thumped, boomed

Smells musty, pungent (strong smelling), sour, stale OR sweet, s
spicy, warm, fresh, delicate, perfumed, suffocating
Tastes bitter, sweet, rich, dark, buttery, sour, dry, sharp, delicate, delicious OR vile, foul
Colours peach, coral (orange pink), pink, fuchsia (hot pink), ruby, magenta (deep hot pink), crimson (pinkish red), blood-red, red, burgundy (dull purple red), maroon (bright purple red), purple, violet, indigo (purplish blue), navy, deep blue, cobalt (bright dark blue), lapis lazuli (also a jewel), cornflower (sky blue), turquoise (blue green), teal (dark green-blue), bottle green (deep green), verdant (like grass), emerald, lime (green-yellow), yellow, gold, silver, platinum (brightest silver), blonde, honey-blonde, strawberry blonde, copper (rust/pale orange), russet (dark red brown), auburn (very dark red hair), brown, tan, mahogany, ebony (darkest brown, almost black), steel, lead-coloured. You can also compound similar colours: blue-green, emerald turquoise. Or pinkish, reddish, etc
Adverbs SPEED slowly, sluggishly OPPOSITE briskly, quickly, abruptly, suddenly MANNER clumsily, violently, forcefully, vigorously, rudely, furiously OPPOSITE softly, gently, delicately, meekly, humbly OR eagerly, excitedly.

The author, , is an Oxford graduate, outstanding-rated English Language and Literature teacher and of ages 10-18 in the British education system. In 2012, she was nominated for Pearson's Teaching Awards. As a private tutor, she raises grades often from C to A. Her writing is also featured in The Huffington Post. She offers private tuition in the Haywards Heath area, West Sussex.