Exercise your Verbal Variations

The Mood is Write

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Looking for partners
Posting Speed
Multiple posts per day, 1-3 posts per day, One post per day, Multiple posts per week, 1-3 posts per week, One post per week
Writing Levels
Adept, Advanced, Prestige
Preferred Character Gender
Male, Female, Primarily Prefer Female, No Preferences
I'm open to a wide range of genres. Obscenely wide. It's harder for me to list all I do like than all I don't like. My absolute favorite is mixed and multiverse, but I'm not limited to those.

• Mixed Genre
• Multiverse
• High Fantasy
• Hard Fantasy
• Low Fantasy
• OP Fantasy
• Science Fantasy
• Modern Fantasy
• Soft Scifi
• Science Fantasy
• Low Scifi
• OP Science Fantasy
• Modern Realistic (Strict)
• Modern Realistic (Loose)
• Urban Fantasy
• Alternate History (Fantasy Preference)
• Post-Apocalyptic Mixed
• Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
• Post-Apocalyptic Scifi
• Post-Apocalyptic Modern
• Dystopia
• Displacement
• Military
• Dying Earth
• Supernatural
• Drama
• Mystery
• Horror
• Religious
• Crime/Detective
• Parody
• Comedy
• Tragedy
• Romance (Must Include Others)
• Erotic (Must Include Others)
This is a challenge a friend of mine put forth to me several months ago, and it hasn't left my head since. He told me "Mood, you're not allowed to use the word 'was' in your roleplays anymore!"

I asked why, and he spouted some bull-dung that sounded legit. I tried it, and it was hard. However, despite the difficulty, I noticed it did make me think harder about my word choice, and in some cases an active tense worked better, and in others I found leaving off those descriptions was ideal, and in some cases, I really did need 'was'. I took it a step further. No more 'were', no more other verbs that meant 'being'.

I went from this...
The desert sand was afire in the morning light.

To this...
Barren sand dunes erupted into vibrant hues as the morning light washed over them.

I challenge you to tell a short story (or edit a roleplay post) with no 'being' verbs, and if you do use them, make them bright red [color=red]like this[/color], and then count them when you're done to look at how often you're repeating them.

Disclaimer: Do not completely eliminate 'being' verbs from your writing. Everything in moderation. This is a prompt to encourage writers to think about what words they want to use a little more when writing.