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Once people click on your headline, most will scan the post first to see if it looks worthy of their attention. Adding some power words to your subheads is a good way to make your post look like an interesting read. See how the power words in these subheads catch attention and make you want to read the text that follows? You can stand out in their inbox and raise your open rates by including power words in your subject lines. As a blogger, one of your main goals is to grow a large and engaged readership, and the best way to do so is through converting readers into subscribers.

That means you should have opt-in forms scattered across your website. You can place them on your homepage, at the end of your posts, in your sidebar, in a popup, or anywhere else. This popup had power words everywhere, but it avoids feeling like overkill. I bet it converted like crazy. If not, you should add some right away.

Many people who enter your website, will see this page first, and you want it to make a good first impression. Some people use their home page to promote their email list, others use it to promote one of their products, and others use it as red carpet, welcoming new visitors and explaining what their site is all about. In any case, your home page is a good spot to add a few power words, as it can determine whether people stay and take the action you want them to take or leave.

These words immediately separate his blog from all the other fitness blogs out there. They just wrote down three power words and follow it up with a service they provide. Go look at your homepage now and see if you can find any areas you can spruce up with some power words.

Your blog or business name should have an impact on people. Having a forgettable domain name is poison to your blog growth. You want a name that people can easily recall when they want to visit your site. Just like you can use power words to spruce up your blog name, you can also use them to make your product names pack more of a punch. You can also use power words to spruce up your sales pages and make them more effective at selling your products or services.

All these testimonials will lend extra credibility and excitement due to their power words and phrases. Many opt-in forms include a list of reasons you should sign up to their email list. You can use power words in these lists to inspire more excitement in your reader as they read through it. Yep, you can use power words in your button copy too, even if you only have a few words you can fit in there. Now take a look at the buttons on your site. Do you see any opportunities to spruce them up with a power word?

When you guest post for another blog, your author bio has the difficult job of making readers want to know more about you so they click through to your site. That means your author bio needs to spark attention and interest. And you usually only get three sentences, so you need to carefully consider the words you use. It shows her uniqueness and makes her stand out from other copywriters. She opens strong immediately by mentioning her guides are insanely useful.

And just the name of her report alone is full of power words: All the biggest youtube channels do this. They understand that most of their views will come from their subscribers finding them in their feed, and from people finding them in the sidebar of other videos.

See what I did there? Go to top Go Ahead and Tell Me. Yes, this is an enormous list, but so many power words are available, nobody can possibly catch them all on the first pass.

What are some other words that seem to have that extra little spark of emotion inside them? Eventually, I hope to have over 1, words here, separated and organized by category, making this the definitive resource for power words on the web.

I took a lot of notes from it! Yup another post that makes your stomach churns and your mind inspired and enriched… Thank you your awesomeness…. I have to say, I find that most self-help postings are statements of the glaringly obvious at best, and utter nonsense at worst. But this is really, really good.

Thanks for the list, Jon. It definitely gives me some food for thought… but I will tell you that after glancing through the list, it seems like a lot of the words are negative. The fear section is the largest one, and yes, those are definitely negative.

Copy, pasted and saved in my swipe file. Thanks Jon for making life easier for the rest of us. Julie, fear is the most powerful emotion and is so instilled in our collective conscious and we obviously lust after it because the news media keeps peddling fear every night. I bet Jon that if you punched every one of those words into a thesaurus you will reach your word goal very quickly.

You know, I think I will do just that. Or to put it more cynically, Jon, fear sell lots of stuff. Thanks for the list. Paradoxically, sentences constructed negatively are a turn-off. Great list Jon, thank you. Thanks for the great information! I love the list but some of the words also make you sound sleazy.

And secrets has been done to death. A power words is defined by its ability to make you feel. If the forbidden words are making you feel icky, that just proves their power. People continue using it because it works. This is a great list!

Thanks so much for a great, extended list of power words which I will dutifully and studiously commit to memory and learn how to use. I even went back to read your article and noticed the power words used in it. Amandah, Thanks for sharing the list of words below!

Some good ones in there. And Jon, thank you for a great post. Like many here, I have copied both lists into Evernote. That one can work under the right circumstances.

Speaking of myself, even though I might use such words when I speak to someone, I am careful to use words that even a 5th grade student would understand or based on the kind of readers I get over at my blog. So, I do need to keep the words very simple and easy to understand. This is for the purpose of blogging, though there are always exceptions. I wonder if others feel the same way about using such words in their blog posts, even though I admit they are awesome power words, which we do use otherwise.

Thanks for sharing these with us. So many good words now to learn how to put the story together. Thanks Jon once again for sharing.

Since you asked us for our contributions, here are a few suggestions that might make your list. My apologies in advance if you already mentioned them:.

Petrified a great word, and I want to add more to my list, because I forgot to add them at my post on the bottom and again, sorry for any accidental repeats:. This list is awesome! I know I could use more for sure. I use your headline hacks and they are amazing.

I like the words suggested in the comments and will keep coming back for more! More great advice from the inimitable Jon Morrow! I appreciate the way you have expanded our vocabularies with this post!

At the same time, I will proceed with caution. The main takeaway for me is about enriching my vocabulary. Thanks for the kick in the right place! If you think about it, pretty much all writers manipulate the emotions of their readers. The key is doing it in a way your readers like and enjoy. That takes careful study and a lot of thought.

Combination of lust and forbidden fruit there. Thanks for the inspiration, Sophie! See what you started??!!! I love this post. It along with your 52 Headline Hacks have given me a boatload of ideas for my content. Your Royal Awesomeness — thank you for the awesome resource. I am super excited to get your mind-blowing list of wondrous power words. The post was an eye opener and such a bargain considering all you want in return is an endorsed share.

Did I over do what I learned from your post? Are their statues and other symbols for worshiping in your online store. I need many to adorn my home and to spread across the land to start a Morrow cult.

No need for purple Kool-Aid, just meditations where we read your posts and reach higher states of writing consciousness and eventually writing nirvana.

The only problem is how to keep this resource handy? Gloomy, shadowy, glittering, sparkling, creepy, rotten, moldy, spicy, gritty, drab, roaring, squeaky. The only thing missing is a group of words that create FUD Fear, uncertainty and doubt. Actually I was thinking of writing one along the same lines. There is so much content out there we have to grab the readers attention. Graphic, descriptive phrasing is a way to take them by the throat and force feed them what they need.

Or am I, in my imbecility, losing, missing, dropping, overlooking something here? I love you truly, Jon. But please clarify… and tell us, what in this post is truly new? A list of powerful words that give much more impression when you used it. Thanks John for sharing. Dear Jon, Thank you very much for your lists of powerful words. You are very kind to share them with us, your readers. Great list of words Jon. A good resource to get the creative juices flowing in telling a story and getting a point across.

A generous post and resource thank you Jon. The post is an explanation for why a random post I did a long while back has always been more popular on view count than others — Confessions of A Recovering Adrenaline Junkie. As a therapist my work is all about power words.

Thinking about recent sessions these come to mind: Now if I can just hold on to them as move from my arm chair to my desk and write! Thanks Jon, I am going to love putting these words into use.

I think I will even use the ones others have listed. Funny about the timing of this post. I have a short memory, so if some of these I present to you are already lists above, I apologize in advance. I use your headline hacks PDF all the time. In fact, I have officially made it is mandatory reading for all new members of my team. Now the lists in these posts are the perfect supplement to help me and my team take our copy-writing to the next level. I do know that the power words can make a big difference.

Now have it printed and good to go with more of your great help from you. Glad my parents, in what I presume was a back-to-the-future move ahead of its time, got hold of your advice just in time for me … lol. The truth is Jon pretty much came up with that one, with his blogging class I took. It sure is paying off for me. What can i say, Jon is good with the words. Thanks again and hope you have a great day or evening.

Your headings are irresistible! I challenge the young and inexperienced to stay away…lol! Jon, a great post! Tony Robbins also refers to power words. I never thought of it that way before. Maybe having worked in the corporate world, authentic seems more audacious to me. Now, I am going to have to change the tagline for my site.

I love the concept of juxtaposition and confluence. Other words I love are those that convey a transitory magical feeling — elusive, evanescent, fleeting. These are delightful would that be a power word? I have a few to add if I may: Re the staggering importance of power words. Now your evil list will quadruple the experience, no doubt about it. Hence my recession-proof thanks. But I see Your Gifted Awesomeness by now is getting over-powered or disgustingly bored — likely both.

So let me hurriedly take quick leave … by crookedly adding the only other intelligent list of power words in my trusted hands is from Tony Robbins [Unleash the Giant Within].

He lists words in two columns: Cannot reproduce it here — whoppingly true — because I only have it as a guaranteed jpg file. But if anyone wants the bonanza of a copy, just holler and make sure it includes your prized email, and a power word or two: Tony Robbins first gave me insight into the power of this word. Years later, Brian Clark reminded me. Questions can be a good starting sentence, or a vivid description or startling fact.

Never start with something boring like "In all of human history Here are some sample first sentences on that topic:. If an essay uses sources, it should include a bibliography which lists the works cited in the essay. These "easy words" that help you start sentences are also called "transition words," and their job is to link ideas together. You can use them in starting an essay or in any sentence in a paper; however, they are most effective when used inside the text, and particularly so as the first word in a paragraph.

These transition words can help you to show that you are:. Adding an additional example or reason moreover, additionally, furthermore, not only Presenting a contrasting idea however, on the other hand, in contrast, on the one hand To get rid of that problem, you can substitute a clearer and more specific description of the thing you are referring to rather than the simple "the This sounds like the beginning of a speech, and so it is often polite to acknowledge who has honored you.

Then, you can say thanks for this honor, or, if you are giving a speech, it is good to share the main point you will talk about, or to announce the title of the speech.

Here are some samples:. Moreover, I would like to thank First of all, it is important for any entrepreneur to know You can replace the "am" with a more active verb which describes what you are saying. You can also add an adverb word ending in "ly" which describes the verb. A final way to vary your word choice is to add some of these sentence starters. Here are some examples:. Here are some alternatives:. Which words can I use to start a paragraph?

Can we start the paragraph with transition words? Using transition sentence starters can help you express your own opinions and emotions because they can intensify your thought and ideas and help make the statements stronger. You can also use some of the "author tag" words in this article to show approval or disapproval for ideas: You need to decide what is the claim you are trying to make.

You can use any of the following:. How important is it to report on police brutality, or how important is it to make police brutality a political issue? After you have narrowed your topic, you will want to look at my essay on how to write an argument step by step: Here is my article on writing effectively which explains how to do that:. I often advise students to use a question as an opening statement because that helps to get the reader to think about the topic.

Another good way to motivate a reader of a letter is to present them with a startling statistic, dramatic story, or interesting fact. Sometimes sentence starters can be helpful in making your sentence more interesting.

Here are some sample openings to sentences:. On the one hand we all know Any of the words in these lists would work. You should also think of different ways to address your subject. For example, if your subject is "the school" you could also say:.

The name of the school with an adjective or possessive: There are several ways to answer this question, and so, I will try to cover all of the information possible on this topic. Sentence starters are excellent words to use as the first word in a paragraph because they will help you link the ideas of each paragraph together.

For example, if the essay is about reasons that Indian food is so tasty, these possible first sentences of the body could be done:.

Ultimately, the taste of Indian food comes from the variety of ingredients and the creativity of cooks There are many correct ways to start a paragraph, but in standard English, it is typical to begin each paragraph except for the first paragraph in an essay with the topic sentence.

A topic sentence tells the main idea of the paragraph. The rest of the paragraph will explain the topic sentence and give examples and reasons to back up that assertion. In the first paragraph of an essay, you will generally give examples first and then put the thesis sentence at the end of the paragraph.

The thesis sentence is the main idea of the whole essay. Finally, in case the question is actually about the formatting of the paragraph, it is important to know that each paragraph in English is indented, and starts with a capital letter as do all first words in an English sentence. Some transition words are specific to a particular part of a paper, but most are not.

If the third paragraph is at the end of a paper, you can use:. If the third paragraph is in the middle and is where you are presenting a contrasting idea or refuting objections, you can use:.

In general, the most important way to choose a sentence starter for any paragraph is to look at how the information in that paragraph relates to the information in the paragraph before.

Use a transition which shows the relationship. The simple answer is yes. You can start a sentence with "and" and be correct. Consider the following example which uses two coordinating conjunctions "and" and "but" to start sentences:. Anna went skiing yesterday on the steep run at Whistler that I warned her not to try. And she made it down the hill just fine.

Anna went skiing today on the steep run at Whistler that I warned her not to try. Coordinating conjunctions also include "yet," "or," and "nor" and are often remembered by the term FANBOYS for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.

It is not improper or wrong to use coordinating conjunctions to start a sentence, but it may not be the most effective technique and is often overused by less experienced writers. Additionally, since many people have been taught, it is incorrect, others may judge your use of "and" to start a sentence with poor writing and incorrect grammar. Therefore, I tend to tell my students not to use a coordinating conjunction to start sentences if they can avoid it.

It is better not to say "first," but to just say your point and then on the next section, you can say "second" or "additionally" or "moreover.

You could use the word, "Initially" or the phrase, "to start with. You probably need to look at my articles which give good introduction and conclusion ideas. Here are some links:. How can I write a biography about a significant role model, and then change it into a story? Put yourself into the story and imagine that you are going back in time to meet the character. Write it like a story with characters, dialogue, and action.

For example, what did people think, do, and feel when they heard Paul Revere come by shouting "The Redcoats are coming! Write this as a letter, a diary, a conversation or a monologue. Have your character telling the story of some important event to a friend. For help in writing and punctuating dialogue and conversation, see: My article is about the benefits and the drawbacks of learning a foreign language. How should I finish the third paragraph of my article? I assume that you are talking about the conclusion of your article.

A great way to conclude is to tell the reader your recommendations. You can also refute any objections that you expect your reader might have.

Remember that when you are in a conversation with someone, they can ask you questions and point out flaws they see in your arguments, or other points of view. A way to get around that problem is to bring up those objections and then answer them.

Ideally, you should answer the objections and then conclude by telling the reader how you want them to think, believe, or respond to what you are saying. Here is how to do that:. Some people might think put objection here, something like: However, in my experience, answer the objection Another reason people may not want to learn a foreign language is Have them read your paper, or just tell them your ideas and ask them what sorts of arguments they think people might have against what you are saying.

You might also consider asking a friend in your class to read and respond. Can I start a phrase in my essay using the word since?

I am not allowed to start by writing "as. Using one of the connecting transition words is a good way to link one sentence with another. You can also use "since. Here is an example:. I added blueberries to the top of the salad we are having for dinner. In this example, you could replace "since" with "because" for basically the same causal relationship. However, you could also use one of the other three words if you wanted to emphasize "I also did this other thing. Generally, when you are using "this" to start a sentence, you are using it as an adjective describing which thing you are talking about this cellphone, this plate, this car etc.

Additionally, "this whatever" would generally be the subject of the sentence, so you can use most of the sentence starters in this article in front of it or use a phrase that starts with one of those words to vary your sentences. You can also use a synonym for the item in question. For example, "this jacket" could also be "this coat. Here are some examples using the phase "this book. It is completely correct to start a sentence with "an important person to me.

If the word starts with a vowel sound, you use "an. Sometimes there are differences in British and American pronunciation. Americans pronounce the "h" in historic, so they would write "a historic event. Generally, you do not want to use "this" without a noun. You should say "this sweater," "this idea" or "this surprising circumstance. A good way to start an essay is to decide on your topic question and then answer it. That will make a thesis or main idea for your essay. You can read more about it in this article: Can I start a sentence using the word "My"?

My hoarding of unnecessary things is getting out of hand. My answer has to be yes! As long as you use "my" as the possessive of something it works.

In my example "my answer" uses "my" with a noun and describes whose answer it is. In your example, the "my" is used with a phrase describing an action "hoarding of unnecessary things" which is the subject of the sentence. So you can use the name or a description of the person, such as their job "the teacher" or what they look like, "the tall, dark-headed man with blue eyes," or what they are wearing, "the girl in the blue dress.

That is where you can use my sentence starters in this article and hints about how to write sentences to improve: As a matter of fact, I usually introduce sentence starters to my class when we are doing a personal essay. I have them notice how many times they start a sentence in the personal essay with "I" and then I have them circle all of those "I" sentences. Next, I have them scan the list of words and put one or more in front of the "I" sentences.

Another trick is to take a sentence and invert it so that the "I" is not the first word. I wanted to explain how to use sentence starters and so I used many "I" sentences in this answer. Because I wanted to explain how sentence starters work, I used many "I sentences in this answer. Go back and see what I did to "eliminate" the "I"! Look at the list of connecting words for substitutes for "and" at the beginning of a sentence.

Therefore, you need to use these sentence starters to help you out and also look at my article on 5 Easy Ways to Write Better Sentences. You can start with a description or short story from each of the two which shows that comparison.

Use an introductory phrase instead. For explanations of these three techniques ane more ideas, you can see my article: Five Tips to Write Better Sentences: When you are tempted to use "so" to start a sentence, you are generally trying to convey a conclusion or a result. Here are some good transition words and phrases for that:.

Technically, conjunctions are intended to join two sentences together; therefore, using a conjunction to begin a sentence is not grammatically correct. However, we use this format all the time in speaking and you will often see it in all kinds of writing as well. Personally, I avoid using a conjunction to start a sentence in my formal writing, although I might use it in an informal email or letter for emphasis and to make my tone sound more friendly and casual.

I discourage my students from using this sentence form in essays because they tend to overuse it, and because most of them need to practice writing in a more professional manner. What is most important is that you understand that using a conjunction to start a sentence gives your writing a more informal, casual tone.

If that is appropriate to convey your meaning, then you should use it. On the other hand, if you are trying to create a document which makes you sound authoritative, you should avoid that construction. The simple answer to your question is that you need to ask your teacher about their standards on this issue. You can find many sample topics on these types of essays on my web pages. You can also find step by step instructions on how to write these essays.

Your best choice for substitutes for "most of" would be "many," "a considerable number," or "almost all. The most important rule about the word "this" is not to use it all by itself.

For example, you would say "this couch," "this carpet" or "this lawn" to point out which one of several possible couches, carpets or lawns you are talking about. If you are not trying to show the reader which one out of several things you are talking about, you need to use something other than "this.

I believe that what you are talking about is continuing on something in a sentence. Here are some words you can use:. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Hi Nicole--I have lots of instructions on how to write articles.

My son has to write a word essay on violence and the Impact. So not sure on how to even start nor word it? Can someone please clue me in thanks. I think your sentence would work but it is a bit hard to tell out of context of the paragraph. However, I think it would be better if you said:. Hi Fuat, I now understand your question more clearly. With the added information you give here, I would have to say that "especially" is not a good substitute for "in particular.

It would not matter that I instructed them on the purpose of the essay, explained what an introductory paragraph, body paragraph, and a conclusion paragraph are and their individual purposes. High school students know that a section is longer than a sentence.

And your problem that they turn in just a paragraph? So give them an incomplete grade and the chance to rewrite it, if they decline, they have failed that assignment. It is harsh but necessary. Just write approx words per day; spend like hours for the next couple day adding like words every time.

Or you could be a knucklehead like me and try to get it all done in one go, then me suffering the next morning because you fell asleep at 3: Now you need to write an article on how to decrease word count when you go hopelessly over the maximum allowed.

This is what I need. I had a word paper to write and I wrote Teachers never give enough word count for writing. A thesaurus is your friend when you are only a bit under word count. Thank you for making this useful tool and not charging any money for it. You usually want to eliminate adverbs and adjectives in your writing to make it better. You have to make a decision as to whether word count is more important or a better essay is more important before using these methods.

What is the best way to increase word count fast without a lot of effort? I hate that I never seem to be able to write enough words for assignments. If I have answered a question, why do I need to write more meaningless words? You should never write meaningless words.

You would be much better off adding a different perspective or adding more support to your view. I have 5, done. What should I do? Best to actually do the work! You are the exception. Now the teacher thinks you have written the required word count.

You can thank me later. To add onto this, feel free to change the font size of the white text to fit in more words into less space.

There must be so many students who come to this article for the exact same reason as I did. Why do teachers make the assignments so long when there is only a limited amount to say on the given topic? I think attitude has a lot to do with it. One of the best ways to increase word count on essays is to take an interest in the topic. That easy to say and all, what if your teacher assigns you a topic? And what if that topic is totally boring? I think the best way to increase the word count of an essay is to add more examples.

My entire essay is almost only quotes. This is the easiest way to make your essay meet word count. If you want to do well in school, you have to know the difference between these two. This is lazy writing. The easiest way is often not the best way to approach increasing an essay word count.

This is really a skill that every teacher should teach their students. Not just assign an essay, but explain how the steps they need to take to reach a word count.

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Our Giant Curated List of Power Words The 7 Different Types of Power Words As you can see in our giant list adding power words to your titles will help it sell better. Jon doesn’t do that. He has a very clear understanding of what a blog is and what traditional writing is. If you want to write a better fiction novel, screenplay.

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May 16,  · Easy Words to Use as Sentence Starters to Write Better Essays. Updated on March 28, Virginia Kearney. For help in writing and punctuating dialogue and conversation, see: My son has to write a word essay on violence and the Impact. And yes I've never in my life wrote an giasifane.gas: List of Useful English Words This page contains a list of categorized words that you can use to help improve your writing, especially for school, formal writing, etc. If you find these words useful, you can download a Word file that contains all of the same words .

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How to Increase Your Essay Word Count. December 11, below are some simple techniques which can help you add to your writing while improving it instead of writing unneeded filler. but I have to write a 25 word essay, in three weeks, which really isn’t that hard. I, for one, enjoy writing essays, but be lucky that you don’t. Words to use when writing an essay to write about help to write an essay. View this post on Instagram. I want the point of no return. The supports that I was doing in new ways, and their person. Ultimate strength design prerequisites geo a field study accompanying id.