Sunday, September 23, 2007

Cool words for writers - Gerund

Originates from Latin and is the name for a form that is derived from a verb but that functions as a noun.

Easily spotted because it typically ends in an “ing” and feels like an incomplete action.

For writers, especially screenwriters, these words are probably most effective in titles. Examples:-

        “Searching for Bobby Fischer” (1993)

        “Killing Mrs. Tingle” (1999)

        “Finding Nemo” (2003)

        “An American Haunting” (2005)

        “Running Scared” (2006)

Some may find using them to be pretentious, but others find that the incomplete action conveys significantly to the selling of the story premise.

So... consider a gerund in your story title if you want to hint at something or “dangle a promise” to pique some curiosity.

Just remember to deliver on that promise...

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