Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Writing Exercise: Hot Verbs

It is raining and thundering again in Chicago this morning, and more wetness and cool temperatures are forecasted for the rest of the day, so I'm feeling rather un-summery and am thinking it's the right day for this writing exercise. A friend inspired me to think of verbs that capture hot when he used the word "skewer" recently to describe my daughter's ability to decimate opponents in arguments. That word "skewer" struck me as such a strong verb that I thought it might be a good exercise, given that summer will be upon us, even in Chicago, to think of verbs that capture hot. I started this list, help me to add to it:

blister
burn
scorch
sear
skewer
steam

9 comments:

  1. Love these exercises, Annette. Here are some other hot verbs:

    bake
    broil
    crisp
    fry

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  2. How about:

    singe
    torch
    fry
    broil
    grill

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  3. What fun!
    saute
    fricasee
    parboil
    sweat (like sweating onions in the skillet)
    scald
    enflame (if not overused by romance novels?)
    blister

    - and it's all of these in Florida with no rain for weeks, and little in sight. They're mowing the pond basin...
    **Katy M
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  4. boil
    smolder
    steam
    scald

    *it was hard trying to come up with words no one else had used :)...next time I'll have to comment first

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  5. Carmelized
    Blackened
    Braised

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  6. Lisa, Shelly, Nancy, Katyroo, Anjuli, The Desert Rocks, Diane, Tara - Thanks for adding to this list! How could I have not thought of some of the words you came up with: fry, broil, sizzle, scald, toast, blackened...

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