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I was surfing a writers website and looked at their guest post submission guidelines. It asked for a degree in communications and posts must be written in AP style. Since when does AP style have to do with blogging? I think too many people along with the so called blogging experts seem to confuse blogging with the writing we were all taught in school.

Two completely different things. He has a very clear understanding of what a blog is and what traditional writing is. If you want to write a better fiction novel, screenplay, business letter or speech, take a college level writing class.

If you want to learn how to blog, learn from guys who live it. Writing forms the basis of blogging, as it does journalism, play writing, speech writing and so on. ALL writing, not just blogging. People may believe blogging needs to be shorter and punchier to retain peoples attention, but a word long blog can retain peoples attention if it is WRITTEN well. Using these so called power words does not make you a better writer.

The power of a written piece does not come from individual words, it comes from the context the words are written in; how they relate to other words; sentences; paragraphs and the subject they are describing. The fact that bloggers can string sentences together is a direct result of that schooling.

Without it, blogging would not exist. This list may not touch on everything that makes a good writer, but it specializes in one thing.

Why not take that college level writing class Michael mentioned if you want the rest of the picture? For crying out loud. Some are more than one word: Sick and tired; marked down? Taking this article as well as some of your other awesome basic writing technique articles, and putting them to practice in a system each time I write! Why do we fail to do what we know to do, especially when someone helps us out gives us the answers? Thanks very much for this post.

Ok, maybe that was a tad too dramatic, but I think you understand what I mean. Thanks for the article and thanks to all those that took the time to comment. This has given me some fresh ideas. I think we should petition Microsoft to add high-lightened power words to synonyms. That way it is easy. It is the lazy me. Jon, I forgot to thank you. This is a lot of hard work and the comments have added more to its value. Thanks for this great work.

Much like your former students, I have been looking for this list for years! Thanks for putting this together and now I will print it out and place it in front of me for reference in all my writing. I have also shared it with our writers so they too can benefit from your Uncensored, Mind-Blowing and Victorious list of power words. Jon, my hat off to you. As a former college teacher of rhetoric a Dale Carnegie instructor and writing coach, I watch people struggle to find the right words to appeal to the right emotion.

Your explanations and lists are concrete, and once again, very helpful. Thanks for being there for us. I am the same blowing my hat off to Jon. He has all the right terms to display his thoughts on emotions and all.

Well organized and great post to show. Share for for more of this kind Jon. I write about natural health and food, and I often find myself using the same old words when posting my recipes boooring!!! Thanks for a terrific boost for boring blog posts!

Jon, this post and all these words are awesome! What makes them all so rich and intense is the way they connect us to our feelings; the way they bring us to something in our lives that matters. I used your Headline Hacks with great success and this is now going to build upon that vision to post powerful headlines with even more powerful content. This list is great!

Seems like it would be some good words to use in sales pages as well. Reading some of the comments makes me think some of them missed the point. These words are power words because they evoke an immediate, emotional and visceral response. That is their power! One of the most powerful words I know is not itself a power word; it does not itself have the power of the words in your blog, it is instead a word that describes them. The smell of blood is one thing; the smoky copper scent of blood is entirely another.

Those descriptive, nuanced words are words of power. Thank you so much for adding to my store! Jon I cannot thank you enough for this killer list…and everyone else for adding even more! If I could bookmark this more than once, I would! This is such a helpful post, really grateful you shared. I loved reading this post and all of your comments. They were a real source of inspiration and a great learning opportunity, as English is not my main language.

This is a great way for me to expand my vocabulary and cultivate a more distinguished communication style, so thank you everyone. He could come up with some doozies! But, though similar, copywriting has its own rules and you are setting up to become the next Merriam Webster and Mark Twain of our time. Thanks for the list Jon. Your list is quite effective.

I bookmarked this page for future use while writing new blog posts. This list of words is quite effective and easy to use. Thanks for sharing this list. Jon… you are the most generous person, really! Sharing so much to ensure others are also successful.

Pretty happy with all the word lists I got from your page and comments. So thanks a bunch. I could take each one and write and paragraph around it. Thanks for so many incredible ideas. I have used a list of words for choosing life values or inspiring a passion statement but never thought about words in this context before. Thanks to everyone for your contribution as well. Much food for thought and pen. As someone who has really struggled with my writing, I have found that a thesaurus is truly my strongest asset.

But posts like these are a close second. Some of these are words I know, but I just never think of implementing. This is an amazing article! I learned so many new power words. Thanks a lot for the list! I love this list, this is pure gold for me.

I think the viral word is also a power word. A brilliant piece of work! May I post a link of this article in my blog? My friends will find it very helpful. This is an awesome list here. I have looked at it several times when trying to make a query or hook for a book I am writing and found several words that have worked for me. Although during one query I was writing I found that Vigilante worked for me better than Terrorist. I did not see that in one of the lists and do not know if anyone else has mentioned that one yet.

If not there is a new word for you. Will give me food for thought as I write my next blog entry and then next words on my next books, today. Here are some power words from my writing, yesterday. I used this as an exercise to explore my writing:. Jon — congrats — a cracking post, that I use every week as a reference guide when creating and editing my own. It does what it says on the tin, because it absolutely HAS made me a better writer.

I have been using these now a few times, but I am struggling with how much I should emulate your style. Also, you tend to hype the living gold out of your articles. Contrary to most other authors, you keep your promises of awesomeness. Anyway, thanks again for making me a better writer and a more conscious promoter. People actually read my posts now. A true gift from a true genius.

This will be very helpful! Thank you for making the list so detailed and organized, and sharing it for free. We all know these words, but we often try to think of new, modern, complex ones that we think will grab attention. Eventually, we realize that simplicity is the solution to everything. The simpler, the better. My humble contribution primarily but not exclusively for political speeches: Hi Jon, Great list, great post!

More ideas for your list of power words when you create it: I have now bookmarked it so that I can keep referring back to it when writing certain blog posts and articles. I appreciate the list being very long. Love the examples from Henneke and Sarah Peterson — their personalities shine through.

The words they use fit their brand. Excellent knowledge pack article … strange only words make me better writer i am really very excited and going to use this soon. Great piece of content. Thanks a ton Jon. Learned a lot from your thoughts. Your content always inspires me. Thank You for your powerful words. Learned a lot from your thoughts, your content is precious, easy to read and understand, Thanks for sharing.

On the internet we can find lots of information but in the whole thing existence of the reality is very few, so this site i found which is really helped me a lot. Not only is this a valuable list, but this post is a case study in how to write a great blog post. The information you have published in your blog is really useful and I will apply this useful information to the seo studies of my own website and blog page. You have such a gift for practicing what you preach.

Seriously, this is high value for me, and I can implement immediately. Thanks for pouring the work into making this great. Great article, I would really thankful for share the article from the digital marketing point of view.

Thanks for sharing this article. Keep up the good work. Sir amazing work by you. I am also a blogger and its a veryhelpful for a blogger like me.

This is literally the best. Thank you for taking the time to write this! I can already see the value in this article and I have shared it with my staff. Why am I just finding you again? This is a great resource. You are a good writer, and this resource you provided will make many more better writers as well. Looking for a quick way to give your writing more punch?

We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy?

It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.

That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. It is to wage war , by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny , never surpassed in the dark , lamentable catalogue of human crime.

It is victory , victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror , victory , however long and hard the road may be; for without victory , there is no survival. Thanks so much Jon for this great insight. Love this post too. Each post is detailed and, like you said, excellent. Also, Hollywood is brilliant at cashing in on fear with movies like World War Z and Please and thank you!

Can I get brownie points for noticing that one too? Nice article Virginia, I have gained from it a lot especially the transition words. Hi, Himabindu- "So," is generally used as a coordinating conjunction others are "and," "but," "or," and "yet" and therefore would generally not be used correctly to start a sentence, but rather as a way to join two sentences.

However, in your example, you are using "so" as an interjection in a conversational style sentence. You could vary this by saying:. In the second example, you are using "as" in an introductory phrase, which is another way to vary your sentences besides just using a sentence starter transition word.

When you are trying to decide how to write a sentence differently, you need to decide what that sentence is doing.

Is it adding to what you've already said? Then use words like "Additionally" or "Furthermore. Use "However," "In contrast" or "On the other hand. If I have to use transition words that means, 'so' or 'as' or 'that's why' what I have to use? For example, I say " So, I don't want to use this in my book" or " As this book is not useful to me, I don't want to see this on my shelf.

Thank you so much, this will help me in my IELTS preparation especially in writing and speaking as well. This information has helped me a great deal. I have never been one to write much using transition words has always been a weakest. Hi "Hannah Baker," I'm so glad to hear that you are writing a book. My teenage daughter is also a writer and I think it is really wonderful that anyone can now write something and post it online for others to read.

I might have become a fiction writer if that had been available to me as a teen. Thank you for spending the time to know that I've helped you. I teach college students but I have found many younger people are also looking at my articles and I'm thinking about creating some information just for them.

I'd love to hear what younger people want to know about how to write better. My name is not really Hannah Baker though, just a cover up. I'm a teen I and love writting. I'm recently stuck on a book that I'm writting, called "The Chosen One," and I was getting for frustrated because I kept using the same words or phrases.

I ended up finding this website and it really helped me, so thank you very much. I'm often trying to force myself to use some new transition words in my writing as well. Along with the words I put in this article, you can also use different kinds of phrases at the start of a sentence. I especially like gerund phrases like "Walking down the street," "Thinking about my children," or "Writing in a new way. This is very helpful Virginia.

I never start sentences in a paragraph with the same word, and do use transition words, but I probably only use the same favourites over and over about 10 as you mentioned in your comment to Bianca. Solved my biggest problem as I always tend to use same transitions again and again in a paragraph. Thanks, I appreciate your effort. Bianca--I generally find the adding and contrasting words are the most useful for me.

In fact, I think that when you start to use this technique that most people pick favorite words and use them most of the time. Thank you for this. I'm writing an essay on how advertising affects youth but I keep needing to pause every few words to try and find just the right one.

I think the most helpful ones for me were the words to add ideas. Michaela--Whether this will work as a subject for your paper depends on your assignment. You could do "legends about elves" and find evidence on that.

Hi, Liv-I have two articles that could help you. One is about writing a thesis sentence and the other is about writing topic sentences in paragraphs. Often, these sentence starters can be used to write better topic sentences because they can help you link your ideas and show how one topic sentence either adds or contrasts to the ideas before.

I don't understand how to start the topic sentence of the paragraph, so I suggest that this page should include starting words for topic sentences in paragraphs. See 85 more comments. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.

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Improve Your Writing Today! Using transition words helps you resist habitually using simple subject-verb sentence structure. Transitions link your ideas more effectively and create more nuanced meaning. Finally, transitions make your writing sound more professional and less like spoken language. Here is my step-by-step guide: Use the transition list as you write: Think about how the sentences in your paragraph are related to one another. If you are comparing and contrasting two ideas, then use the "Showing Contrast" transition words see list below.

Are you writing about steps in a process? Then use the "Adding to an Idea" transition words below. Using the transition list while you are revising: Sometimes, it is easier not to worry about these words until your final draft stage, especially if you are a beginning writer. How do you do this? Use the following tips: Go through your first draft and circle the first word in every sentence.

If you use the same word to start a sentence twice in a paragraph, then you need to choose another transition word and re-word the sentence. How to choose transition words? Think about how each sentence fits with the one before it. Choosing the Right Word How can you choose the right word for each sentence? What does the sentence before this one say?

How does this sentence relate to that one? Scan the list for a transition that seems to fit best. You can also use these questions for help: Tips to Remember 1.

Use a variety of transition words, not the same one. Put a comma after the transition word. Put the subject of the sentence after the comma. Use any of these alternatives to add clarity and variety to your writing.

Use a wide variety of words to show how ideas are chronologically related. Use Interesting Words When Summarizing. Use a wide variety of words to sum up the point you are making. Short paragraph without transition words: Improving Your Writing Over Time Just following my tips to add transition words to your essay can often make your essay much better and will probably improve your grade. How many times to you revise an essay? I only do revisions if my instructor requires it.

I proof-read but don't revise. If you are writing in the Here are some ideas: How do i write my introduction when comparing 2 texts? Do you have any sizzling start ideas for environmental suitability? Here are some links: What sentence starters should I use when writing a persuasive essay? Here are some examples, Indeed, you can see that In fact, the result of not following this policy is Conversely, we know that No doubt, the answer is Less persuasive unless you are appealing to an academic audience would be: Hence we believe that Accordingly, the answer is For this reason, we have chosen to say You can use the person's What other words can I use instead of "that" in essays?

Here are some sample first sentences on that topic: How do I start the next sentence after saying, "I am honored to be in this position"? Here are some samples: Can I use these sentence starters to begin an essay? These transition words can help you to show that you are: Explaining the order of things first What are other words that I can use instead of "Another moment"?

Here are some alternatives: Here are some examples: Moreover, I feel that Additionally, I don't care for However, I've never liked Conclusively, I represent a person who Transition words make an What is the best way to express emotion in an essay or book report? You can use any of the following: What is police brutality? What causes police brutality? What can we do about police brutality?

What sentence starter can I use instead of "the"? For example, if your subject is "the school" you could also say: The actual name of the school. A description of the place. Some part of the school our class, a hallway. What other words can I use instead of yourself, you, my, and myself? Here is my article on writing effectively which explains how to do that: How can I motivate a reader in the first sentence of an open letter?

Here are some sample openings to sentences: Have you ever wondered what would happen if? You may not believe it, but the truth is that Suddenly, with no warning from anyone Nothing can prepare you for What transition word can I use for my third paragraph?

If the third paragraph is at the end of a paper, you can use: In conclusion Finally Most importantly If the third paragraph is in the middle of the paper, you can use: In addition Furthermore Moreover A third point is Next Additionally If the third paragraph is in the middle and is where you are presenting a contrasting idea or refuting objections, you can use: However On the other hand Conversely While some people believe For example, if the essay is about reasons that Indian food is so tasty, these possible first sentences of the body could be done: First of all, Indian food is wonderful because it uses so many spices Furthermore, the wonderful taste of Indian food comes from the preparation Consider the following example which uses two coordinating conjunctions "and" and "but" to start sentences: Now look at a re-write which uses sentence starters: What is an interesting way to replace "firstly" for the first paragraph of an essay?

There are many ways to do this: What are some substitutes for starting a sentence with the word '"this"? There are a few other phrases that could be used instead of this: The object in question. The thing I was talking about. That object You can also use a synonym for the item in question. Moreover, this book is the one I've wanted to read for a month now. For a month now, I've been wanting to read that book you just found. Waiting for over a month, I finally found this book I've been looking for.

Can I start a sentence with "an important person to me" or "a important person to me? Here is how to do that: Here is an example: Here are some good transition words and phrases for that: As a result of The reason for this is How can I avoid starting all my sentences with the same word?

Use one of the sentence starters on some sentences. Combine short sentences together. There are many different types of essays that I have written articles about, including: What is another grouping of words that I can use instead of "Most of What is another way of saying "Following on" in a sentence? Here are some words you can use: However, I think it would be better if you said: Until, finally, Lindbergh made it to Paris How about an electrifying or provocative gastronomical event?

Especially in the summer, I like swimming. Especially when it is a very warm day, I like swimming. Especially in the summer, I love to take a walk in the woods. Especially nice is a hot summer day and a cool dip in our neighbor's pool.

Thank you for this, I used this for my essay and I got an A. Very nice Extremely helpful Especially for me I hope other s also enjoyed. Thank you very much from Greece, you are great. I may revise 50 times and I stop only when I no longer change any word. But what about starting a sentence with "Same for Great for when you are unsure of how to start sentences. Thank you so much for your great tips ,it helped me I just want to ask you how can I write reflection journal.

Hiya This helped me sooo much Thank You I was just wondering how to start an essay like the introduction. I am going to the store because I need to buy groceries. I hate that I never seem to be able to write enough words for assignments. If I have answered a question, why do I need to write more meaningless words? You should never write meaningless words. You would be much better off adding a different perspective or adding more support to your view.

I have 5, done. What should I do? Best to actually do the work! You are the exception. Now the teacher thinks you have written the required word count. You can thank me later. To add onto this, feel free to change the font size of the white text to fit in more words into less space. There must be so many students who come to this article for the exact same reason as I did. Why do teachers make the assignments so long when there is only a limited amount to say on the given topic?

I think attitude has a lot to do with it. One of the best ways to increase word count on essays is to take an interest in the topic. That easy to say and all, what if your teacher assigns you a topic? And what if that topic is totally boring? I think the best way to increase the word count of an essay is to add more examples. My entire essay is almost only quotes.

This is the easiest way to make your essay meet word count. If you want to do well in school, you have to know the difference between these two.

This is lazy writing. The easiest way is often not the best way to approach increasing an essay word count. This is really a skill that every teacher should teach their students. Not just assign an essay, but explain how the steps they need to take to reach a word count. I wish teachers cared enough to actually help us. On almost any topic you care to mention volumes have been written. To imagine you have covered the topic fully and still be words short of required count is ridiculous.

Teachers know the key points they expect to be covered on an assignment and allow a word allocation for each point, as well as marks allocation. For example, a 1, word requirement may indicate a short intro and conclusion and 4 x word key points. You might be able to work out the scheme by reviewing assignments where you scored well. How many key points did you make, compared to word count? Not everyone is born with the ability to write or enjoys writing, so sometimes it can be extremely hard to write a long essay.

These tips surely did help a lot. I would also suggest learning enjoy writing more. If you like to do it, it should be easier to do. Any teachers out there? Why exactly do assignments have a minimum and maximum word count assigned? I waiting to hear a good answer to this question. Word count forces students to be more concise in their writing and focus on the most important points. Minimum word counts make the student research more to find alternative supporting evidence they may have overlooked without it.

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Our Giant Curated List of Power Words The 7 Different Types of Power Words As you can see in our giant list adding power words to your titles will help it sell better. Jon doesn’t do that. He has a very clear understanding of what a blog is and what traditional writing is. If you want to write a better fiction novel, screenplay.

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May 16,  · Easy Words to Use as Sentence Starters to Write Better Essays. Updated on March 28, Virginia Kearney. For help in writing and punctuating dialogue and conversation, see: My son has to write a word essay on violence and the Impact. And yes I've never in my life wrote an bisnesila.tks: List of Useful English Words This page contains a list of categorized words that you can use to help improve your writing, especially for school, formal writing, etc. If you find these words useful, you can download a Word file that contains all of the same words .

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How to Increase Your Essay Word Count. December 11, below are some simple techniques which can help you add to your writing while improving it instead of writing unneeded filler. but I have to write a 25 word essay, in three weeks, which really isn’t that hard. I, for one, enjoy writing essays, but be lucky that you don’t. Words to use when writing an essay to write about help to write an essay. View this post on Instagram. I want the point of no return. The supports that I was doing in new ways, and their person. Ultimate strength design prerequisites geo a field study accompanying id.