Ever feel overwhelmed by your manuscript? The hard work begins when the writing is done!
Pesky Verbs by Deborah A. Bowman
I’m so tired, my eyes are burning.
The story I wrote, however, is always yearning
For my attention and serious redemption.
How can I read it with total absorption
And miss the verb errors I didn’t even see?
So what about those “Pesky Verbs”?
After all, verbs are just words,
And I’ve written so many of those …
Lush descriptions and philosophical debates
In my character’s mind, but wait …
If it’s in my mind, has it already happened?
Or is it happening now, real-time reckoned?
But that’s in my psyche, not in my Protagonist.
Only with “verbs” can you defeat the Antagonist.
Does my character “see” or was it “seen” prior?
Was there a “fire” blazing or was someone “fired”?
Only the verbs move the story forward.
Without active verbs there would be boredom.
Those passive verbs don’t portray action, but what does that even mean?
I’m back to “did they see” or “was it seen”.
And what about “They saw it”?
When, why, how, how often, “the fire was lit”;
“They’re lighting the fire”. Now what do they “see”?
“Did they see”; “what someone saw”; “what was seen”?
First person present, third person past; is there even a second tense?
Of course there must be or there wouldn’t be a third tense.
Confusion, illusion reigns supreme
When all you want is for your story to be “seen”;
Now a past tense verb points to the future.
But I’m back to the premise, it’s just a word.
40,000 to 100,000 make a nice book,
But the printed inkspots have to work
With each other, in tandem, in consistency.
Think about the tense when you begin.
Try to stay true to it as much as you can.
If random thoughts are only in one character’s mind,
It’s like dialog. Yes? First person, present tense, okay fine!
Or do you have to guess?
Time for an editor, I would suggest
To bring those “Pesky Verbs” to rest.