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Change Nouns Into Verbs

Every time you end a word with —TION, —MENT, —ANCE, and —IZATION you have made a noun.  Nouns can make your writing static. When you change those nouns to active verbs, you immediately zip up your writing.

 

Before:  Janie’s intention was to surprise her boyfriend with a birthday party.  After: Janie intended to….

 

Before:  Igor enjoyed the contentment of a warming fire in his humble home.  After:  Igor was contented by….

 

Before:  Lorenzo achieved dominance at the spelling bee.  After:  Lorenzo dominated….

 

Before: The realization of her error caused Margo embarrassment.  After: Margo became embarrassed when she realized her error.

 

Utilization is a noun you can deep 6 forever.  Don’t bother changing it to utilize; that’s just as bad.  Go with use.

 

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