You have been spending way too much time with
WAS. You thought he WAS your friend, your mate, your
amigo. You WERE wrong. He WAS a bad influence. He WAS TELLING your story. Was, Were, Is, Are, and To Be express a state
of being. They TELL what something, or someone, IS. They don’t SHOW what is happening.
They are dull, boring, overused, lazy, and—from
this day forth—dead to you.
They are like Zombies. They will
rise from the dead, infiltrating your document, the moment you relax your guard.
This calls for guerilla warfare. It is time to wage war on WAS, and his buddies
WERE, IS, ARE, and TO BE. It is time to eradicate them from your
vocabulary. Kill them. Or, at least lock them up, in a deep dark
dungeon, and throw away the key.
Your mission is to search your current WIP
(work in progress), find WAS, and eliminate as many as possible. Then do the
same with WERE, ARE, IS, and other TO BE verbs.
Instead of TELLING: He WAS tall. SHOW: Andre instinctively ducked every time he
walked under a…