Use the Right Verb!

Verbs are to literature as vitamins are to good health.  The right verb is the most critical part of any sentence – that’s what will communicate urgency and strength.  If a writer fails to use the right verb, and especially if he or she overly relies on “to be” and its conjugations, that writer will tend toward an overuse of adverbs (the literary equivalent of junk food) in an attempt to add urgency and power to the narrative.  Adverbs, past perfect tense and emphases such as exclamation points weaken powerful writing.  As a general rule try to discipline your craft by using “–ly” adverbs only when you absolutely must.