The basics of the ACTION VERB brush stroke: Do not use linking verbs, but action verbs instead.
am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been, have, has, had, seems, appears, etc.
Sample: The child was enraptured with Christmas.
-The problem is that the author TOLD me about the kid, but didn't SHOW me the truth of the matter.
Instead, the author should write something like this:
**The boy gleefully ran to hug his Grandmother when she walked in the door for Christmas dinner.
The following excerpt is from Treasure Island, but some of the words have been changed into linking verbs for the purpose of this exercise. Your job is to rework this paragraph using ACTION VERBS instead of the words in bold.
I remember him as if it were yesterday. He was tall, strong, heavy, nut-brown man. What was noticeable was his jet black pigtail and his soiled blue coat. He had a handspike. His hands were rugged and scarred with black broken nails, and there was a cut across one cheek of a dirty, livid white.