Bard of Breaking News (Breaking Bard)

A quick way to make news bulletins sound more ‘lively’ is to tweak sentences starting with ‘There were’ or ‘there was’.

For example:

There were celebrations today after hundreds of volunteers helped find a missing girl.

I encourage you to tweak for two reasons.

  1. You can ‘release the verb’ in  there were celebrations.Releasing the verb’ usually makes the writing shorter, snappier, and more active.
  2.  There WERE sounds ‘past. If appropriate and accurate, ask yourself if the action is still going on.                                                                                                                                    …

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