Make all parts of your book or website roar – your title, cover, back cover, introduction, table of contents, and every chapter beginning, heading, and ending with POWER WORDS. Give your readers a reason to want to read your copy and buy your book.
Like an artist, a writer paints with words and metaphors.
They exude powerful emotions and perceptions through these riveting phrases and words. Power words attract your readers’ attention and compel them to read on.
Think about the word “rape,” belying a tragedy, a power struggle, dark and dangerous. Any word promoting emotion draws in your readers’ hearts.
Power words can make a dull title zing!
Rather than “Taking Care of Your Parents,” isn’t “Elder Rage” much more exciting? They produce strong reactions, positive, and negative. Some “Power words” make you smile, others, cringe. Some stimulate the senses while others exude a fragrant aroma or flavorful taste.
Power words refer to nouns and verbs.
They show a picture, reveal an emotion, and help create dazzling metaphors. When you use powerful nouns and verbs, you won’t need to use adjectives and adverbs that merely tell.
Look over power verb list samples below from A-Z. See which ones fit your title, chapter titles, or information within your chapter. Take five minutes and list ten words including verbs and nouns for each project, each chapter, or each marketing piece.
Browse the lists often to spark your own imagination to create exciting new metaphors. Use any form (ie. fade, fading, faded) of the verbs your project demands.
Power Verbs That Roar
abort, abduct, abound, abscond, accuse, adore, advance, afflict, aim, amass, amputate, ,annoy, applaud, apprehend, arouse, attack.
babble, badmouth, balance, banish, bamboozle, bare, bash, bask, bawl, bay, beat, bedazzle, beguile, behead, belch, bellow, betray, blab, blame, bleed, bless, bloat, blubber, blow, blush, blur, bluster, boil, bolt, botch, bounce, box, boycott, brandish, brave, break, bristle, broadcast, bruise, bubble, burn, burst, bury, buzz
calculate, campaign, cancel, capture, caress, capsize, chant, chafe, challenge, censor, castrate, cheer, chase, chew, cheer, chisel, choke, chomp, chuckle, churn, clash, climb, clench, cleanse, clobber, climax, club, coerce, collapse, collide, commandeer, commiserate, commit, compel, compete, compose, complain, compress, concoct, concentrate, condemn, confer, confess, condense, confide, conflict, confiscate, confuse, congeal, concur, connive, consecrate, conspire, construct, contrast, converge, convict, copy, cope, corrode, course, covet, crack, cram, covet, create, crawl, creep, cringe, crouch, cruse, cry, culminate, curdle, cuss
damn, dangle, dash, daub, dazzle, dare, decay, deceive, decipher, decorate, decompose, deep-six, defeat, defend, delve, defy, demand, demolish, denounce, dent, deplete, deport, depose, derail, desert, desire, destroy, deter, detonate, devastate, devour, digest, disarm, discern, discover, dislocate, dispute, dissolve, distort, dodge, drag, drift, drown, dunk, dwindle, die
eject, eliminate, elope, elude, embalm, embezzle, embrace, enchant, endanger, endure, energize, enhance, enlighten, enrapture, entangle, entice, envelop, erode, erupt, escape, etch, evacuate, evade, evict, evoke, excite, exhilarate, exonerate, expel, explode, explore, expose, exult
face, fade, fail, faint, fake, fall, fan, fascinate, fantasize, fend, fence, fester, fight, flail, flap, flare, flash, flaunt, flee, flicker, fling, flip, flirt, float, flog, flounder, flourish, flush, fly, foam, foil, fondle, forage, force, forecast, foretell, forge, forgive, fortify, flounder, fragment, frazzle, frolic, frustrate, fulfill, fumble
gag, gallivant, gallop, gamble, gasp, garnish, gasp, gawk, generate, gesticulate, glide, glimmer, glisten, glow, gnash, gnaw, gobble, gore, gouge, grab, graft, grapple, grasp, graze, grill, grind, grip, grope, grovel, growl, grunt, guard, guide, gurgle, gush, guzzle, gyrate
haggle, hang, harass , haunt, heal, heave, heckle, hibernate, hide, hike, miss, hit, hoard, hope, hop, horrify, hover, howl, huff, humiliate, hunger, hunt, hurl, hurtle, hush, hypnotize
jerk, jab, jam, jangle, jar, jibe, jingle, jolt, jostle, joust, judge, juggle, jump,
kick, kidnap, kill, kiss, knead, kneel, knock
labor, lament, languish, lap, lapse, lash, laugh, launch, leach, launch, lead, leak, leap, leer, levitate, liberate, light, linger, liquidate, loathe, lob, lock, loom, loop, loot, lose, love, lower, lug, lurch, lure, luxuriate
maim, make, malfunction, maneuver, mangle, manhandle, manipulate, march, marinate, maroon, marry, marvel, mash, massage, mate, maul, meander, meddle, mediate, melt, merge, mesmerize, miscalculate, misjudge, moan, mob, mock, molest, mollify, mooch, moonlight, mount, mourn, mow, mug, muster, mutate, muzzle, mystify,
navigate, nestle, nibble, nose-dive, nourish, nurture, nuzzle
ogle, ooze, oppose, oppress, oscillate, outnumber, outshine, overcome, overflow, overrun, overshadow, overshoot, overthrow, overwhelm
palpitate, pan, pamper, pant, paralyze, pardon, patrol, paw, peak, peek, peel, peer, penetrate, perceive, perch, percolate, perish, permeate, perpetrate, perplex, persecute, persevere, persist, perspire, pervade, petrify, pierce, pillage, pinch, pitch, pit, pivot, play, plead, plodding, plop. Plot, plow, pluck, plug, plummet, plunder, plunge, poach, pose, pommel, pop, possess, pounce, pound, pour, praise, prance, pray, predict, prepare, preserve, pressure, pretend, prevent, prickle, probe, proclaim, prod, prolong, propel, prosecute, protect, protest, prove, provide, provoke, prowl, puke, pull, pulsate, pulverize, pummel, pump, punch, punish, purge, purr, pursue, push, puzzle
quarrel, quel, quench, quiver
race, radiate, rage, raise, rally, ream, ramble, rampage, ransack, rant, rape, rap, rattle, ravage, rave, ravish, raze, reach, rebound, rebuke, recoil, recoup, redeem, reek, refine, reflect, refuse, regain, reinforce, reject, rejuvenate, relax, relay, release, relinquish, reminisce, render, renew, renovate, repair, repel, repent, reproach, rescue, research, resist, resolve, resonate, restrict, resurrect, retrace, retract, retreat, retrieve, revive, reveal, reverberate, revert, revive, revoke, revolt, revolve, reward, ricochet, ride, rinse, riot, rip, rise, risk, roam, roar, roast, rob, roast, rock, roll, romance, romp, rot, rotate, roughhouse, rove, row, rule, rumble, rummage, run, rupture, rush, rustle
sag, sail, salvage, sanctify, sanitize, sap, satiate, satisfy, saturate, save, savor, saw, scald, scalp, scan, scare, scavenge, scoff, scold, scoot, scorch, score, scorn, scour, scourge, scout, scowl, scramble, scrape, scratch, scream, screech, scrounge, scrub, scrutinize, scuttle, sear, search, secure, seduce, seek, seep, seize, self-destruct, sense, serenade, sever, shake, shear, shed, shimmer, shine, shock, shout, shred, shriek, shrink, shrivel, shudder, shuffle, shun, sideswipe, sigh, signal, silence, simmer, simmer, sing, singe, sink, siphon, sizzle, skate, skewer, ski, skid, skim, skinny-dip, skip, slam, slash, slaughter, slay, slice, slide, sling, slip, slobber, slog, slosh, slug, slumber, slump, smack, smash, smear, smell, smile, smirk, smolder, smooch, smother, smuggle, snag, snap, snare, snatch, sneak, sneer, snip, snivel, snoop, snorkel, snort, snuff, snuggle, soak, soar, sob, sock, sojourn, solve, soothe, sow, spank, sparkle, spatter, speed, spill, spin, spiral, spit, splash, splice, split, splurge, spoil, spout, sprain, spray, spring, spur, spurt, squander, squash, squeal, squeeze, squelch, squirm, stab, stagger, stagnate, stain, stalk, stall, stammer, stampede, stamp, stare, stargaze, startle, starve, stash, steal, sterilize, stifle, sting, stomp, straddle, strafe, straggle, strain, struggle, stray, strike, stumble, strut, stun, stupefy, submerge, succumb, suffer, suffocate, sulk, suppress, surge, surpass, surprise, surrender, surround, survive, swab, swagger, sway, swear, sweet-talk, swerve, swill, swim, swindle, swing, swipe, swirl, swoon, synchronize
tag, tamper, tantalize, tap, tear, tease, tempt, terrorize, testify, thaw, thrash, thread, threaten, thrill, throb, throw, thrust, thump, tickle, titillate, topple, toss, totter, touch, track, trail, traipse, tramp, trample, transcend, transform, transgress, transmit, transmute, transpire, transplant, trap, traverse, tread, trek, tremble, trickle, trip, triumph, trot, trounce, tweak, twinkle, twitch
undermine, undulate, unleash, unload, uproot, unravel, usurp, utter
vacation, vaccinate, ventilate, venture, vibrate, violate
waddle, wade, waft, wag, wail, walk, wallop, wallow, wander, wane, warble, warp, waylay, wean, weep, wheedle, whimper, whine, whip, whirl, whistle, wield, wiggle, win, wish, withdraw, wither, wobble, woo, worship, wrangle, wrap, wreak, wreck, wring
yank, yell, yelp, yield
Keeping this list near your workstation will radiate your copy to engage your readers fully. Print it out now and start capturing your audience’s attention that will pay off in wealth, stature, and income?
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