60 Ways to Replace the Word “Went”

This article by A. Piper Burgi is a great example of what all writers should try to do. Explore the boring parts of writing (others as well as our own) and find a simple way to make it more engaging. Scratch out the unnecessary and enhance what remains.

Here is Burgi’s list of 60 words to replace “went”:

– ambledwent1 went2went5 went3 went4
– approached
– ascended
– barreled
– bolted
– burst
– climbed
– crawled
– crept
– darted
– dashed
– dove
– escaped
– exited
– faded
– fell
– fled
– flew
– galloped
– glided
– hiked
– hurried
– hustled
– hurtled
– jogged
– jumped
– left
– marched
– meandered
– neared
– paraded
– pounced
– pushed on
– raced
– ran
– retreated
– roamed
– rolled
– rushed
– sauntered
– skated
– slid
– slithered
– soared
– sped
– sprinted
– stomped
– stormed out
– strode
– strutted
– traipsed
– traveled
– trekked
– tripped
– tumbled
– vanished
– veered
– waddled
– walked
– zoomed

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About Sarah JS

Aspiring writer, lover of words, book nerd, working editor, and permanent student of the world

Posted on January 16, 2015, in Editing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on jmorrisseyrosiphillips's Blog and commented:
    I’m glad I went …nevermind. Good blog.

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