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Chuck Palahniuk; Nuts and Bolts: "Thought" Verbs

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Thinking is abstract. Knowing and believing are intangible. Your story will always be stronger if you just show the physical actions and details of your characters and allow your reader to do the thinking and knowing. And loving and hating.

...for the next half year -- you may not use 'thought' verbs. These include: Thinks, Knows, Understands, Realizes, Believes, Wants, Remembers, Imagines, Desires, and 100 others you love to use.

The list should also include: Loves and Hates and Is and Has...

... you can't write: Kenny wondered if Monica didn't like him going out at night''

Instead, you'll have to Un-pack that to something like: 'The mornings after Kenny had stayed out, beyond the last bus, until he'd had to bum a ride or pay for a cab and got home to find Monica faking sleep, faking because she never slept that quiet, those mornings, she'd only put her own cup...
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