Here’s a hot writing tip that will help your words sizzle!
It’s a simple technique borrowed from The Bard – to make the audience ‘feel’ by adding heat (or cold) to your words.
Shakespeare is credited with inventing (or popularising) hundreds of words and expressions we use today.
including: hot-blooded and cold-blooded.(KING JOHN, ACT III, SCENE 1 – Thou cold-blooded slave…)
He would often take existing words and combine them to create new expressions.
Now I understand a journalist’s job is not to invent new words (that’s for copywriters!) – but you can still use this ‘temperature tip’ to replace bland words with warm-blooded or cold-blooded ones make your writing more engaging and to help your audience ‘feel’ your words.
How often do we use cold-blooded to describe a crime – especially a murder or killing?
This week I subbed a story about a hot-headed violent generation.
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